The Lown Hospitals Index: Measuring What Matters to Drive Meaningful Change
People's lives depend on hospitals being good at their jobs. But how you define and measure “good” really matters. The Lown Institute Hospitals Index, launched in July 2020, includes several novel metrics to gauge how well hospitals advance equity in their communities, avoid the use of low-value care, and achieve excellent patient outcomes.
The Lown Index ranks 3,300 hospitals and 300 hospital systems using 53 indicators. Be among the first to speak directly to the creators and learn about their approach to measuring:
● How well hospitals serve people of color and lower incomes
● Hospital investment in charity care and other meaningful community benefits
● Overuse of tests and procedures that have little or no clinical benefit
● Rates of mortality and readmissions, using a best-in-class risk-stratification tool
Presentation will include an examination of Massachusetts hospitals’ performance on the Lown Index as well as insights from national trends.
Dr. Vikas Saini is president of the Lown Institute. Dr. Saini is a clinical cardiologist, trained by Dr. Bernard Lown. He has served on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health, was scientific co-founder of Aspect Medical Systems, and was in private practice in cardiology for over 15 years on Cape Cod, where he founded Cape Physicians, currently a part of New England Quality Care Alliance.
Shannon Brownlee, MSc, is senior vice president of the Lown Institute. She is the author of Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine is Making Us Sicker and Poorer. Brownlee is currently a lecturer in the Department of Policy and Management at the George Washington University School of Public Health. She has served as acting director of the health policy program at the New America Foundation and senior writer at US News & World Report.