Fifty surgeons will take part in the first phase of the program, drawn from three surgical divisions at the Medical Center: General Surgery, Surgical Oncology and Endocrine, and Trauma and Surgical Critical Care.

The clinical measures of quality and efficiency will be risk-adjusted using advanced, specialty-specific statistical models that build on the deep expertise of ArborMetrix’s physician founders in clinical performance measurement.

SurgicalMetrix will incorporate data from Vanderbilt’s cost accounting system, hospital and professional billing systems, and the surgical management system in order to provide clinical, financial and operational performance information to the Medical Center.

It will also integrate data from clinical outcomes registries, the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program and the American Hernia Society Quality Collaborative.

The clinical breadth and depth of the ArborMetrix analytics platform reflects the company’s prior success in supporting numerous regional and national quality improvement collaboratives, as well as cost management initiatives at Accountable Care Organizations and performance improvement initiatives at academic health systems.

By adopting the robust ArborMetrix platform, the Vanderbilt surgical program will be able to benchmark and identify best practices and share that information with surgeons and physician executives to improve operations and outcomes.

"As the healthcare industry continues its march to a value-based care model focused on patient outcomes, it is crucial that we are able to understand and reduce the variation in the quality and cost of care delivery," said R. Daniel Beauchamp, M.D., F.A.C.S., the Surgeon-in-Chief at Vanderbilt University.

"We hope to measure both the financial and clinical impacts of surgeons’ performance. This will help us to quantify the value of our operational improvements and new investments, all with the goal of improving the quality of care we provide for our patients at a lower cost."

Designed for acute and specialty care, SurgicalMetrix provides information that can benefit physician executives, practice managers, surgeons and specialists alike.