Powell says Cleveland Clinic will help CHS capture data in a standardized format that can more easily be analyzed. "While it has not been stated explicitly, it is likely that that format will be highly-compatible with the one utilized by Cleveland Clinic so that information can be shared more easily," he says, adding that the two systems will also collaborate on process and infrastructure improvements for cardiovascular services.
In addition, Powell says the alliance likely will promote other collaborations, such as the remote delivery of care through telemedicine, second opinion services, and complex care coordination.
"Given the reputations of the two institutions, it is likely that Cleveland Clinic will be the primary provider of the services and that patients in CHS facilities will be the primary recipients," he says. "Thus, Cleveland Clinic wins by providing care for more patients, while CHS wins by obtaining access to better processes and an association with the Cleveland Clinic brand."
At this point, Sheil says the specifics of how the alliance will work are still unfolding.
"This is really about focusing on improving quality of care and reducing costs," she says. "What makes this kind of a different relationship is we are figuring it out as we go along. There are going to be lots of exciting opportunities. Both sides are very committed and bring different strengths to the table."