DENVER BUSINESS JOURNAL — An IBM Watson Health study has identified UCHealth as one of the five top-performing large health systems in the U.S., based on a variety of metrics.

This is the first time that the annual study has honored the Aurora-based system whose 10 hospital facilities include University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins and Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs. The system has undertaken steps in recent years to re-brand all of its hospitals under the same UCHealth name and to coordinate the care and experience both there and at its roughly 150 clinics.

IBM Watson Health identified characteristics in the 15 health systems it selected based on data research — five in each of three size categories — the differentiate them from lower-performing systems. Those include 15 percent fewer in-hospital deaths, 40-minute shorter average emergency-department wait times and 2.3 percent higher patient satisfaction scores.

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