Vanderbilt University Medical Center pushes initiative to reshape access to care in Tennessee: 5 things to know

Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., is behind an initiative to bring independent hospitals in Tennessee under a single umbrella network, The Tennessean reports.

Here are five things to know about the initiative.

1. The initiative, Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network, aims to lift the standard of care in Tennessee by rethinking how people access care, helping employers manage costs, improving clinical outcomes and improving the health of residents, according to the report.

2. The physician-led network currently includes 51 hospital affiliates in five states under 11 health systems.

3. C. Wright Pinson, MD, CEO of Vanderbilt Health System, told The Tennessean the network takes advantage of "informatics," or big data, to engage with patients and track results on a large scale.

4. More than 110,000 people are insured in the network, with a goal of 1 million by 2020.

5. Right now, member hospitals are predominantly nonprofit, with the exception of for-profit Sumner Regional Medical Center in Gallatin, Tenn., owned by Brentwood, Tenn.-based LifePoint Health.


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