It all starts with data.
Hospitals and health systems have routinely named improving health equity as one of their leading goals. Lawrence Moss, CEO of Nemours Children’s Health, says it’s critical for hospitals to look at their own patient data to find if certain groups are having worse outcomes.
In an interview with Chief Healthcare Executive®, Moss shares his own thoughts on how hospitals can make progress toward health equity.
“It starts with examining, accepting and acting on their own data,” Moss says.
Hospitals can look at certain key metrics and examine outcomes by racial groups, he says. To start, health systems could look at data on infection rates or asthma readmission rates stratified by rates, or other significant issues in their communities. Some health systems haven’t measured data in such a way, he says.