Dartmouth-Hitchcock constantly seeks and engages partners who share our commitment to population health, creating innovative methods and models of care that provide the highest quality and best results at a fair cost to our patients. That commitment has resulted in a growing number of collaborations, nationally and regionally.
The High Value Healthcare Collaborative
In December 2010, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, along with Mayo Clinic, Denver Health, Intermountain Healthcare, and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (TDI) announced the formation of the High Value Healthcare Collaborative (HVHC) to improve health care, lower costs, and move best practices out to the national provider community. The collaborative identified nine high-volume, high-cost, high-variation conditions to focus on, with the goal of improving care and outcomes, reducing variation, and lowering costs. Since its founding, HVHC has expanded to nearly 20 health systems. And its first research, on total knee replacement, has been published.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock has partnered with Fletcher Allen Health Care at the University of Vermont to create OneCare Vermont, covering 42,000 of Vermont's 118,000 Medicare beneficiaries with primary and specialty care. For network providers and hospitals, OneCare Vermont represents an opportunity to develop the clinical and business relationships that will enable all member health care organizations to be successful in the accountable care environment.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Fletcher Allen anticipate that the knowledge gained through OneCare Vermont will translate to improvements in clinical delivery and reimbursement systems that can eventually benefit all payers and patients in Vermont by improving the health of Vermonters with high-quality care while achieving lower cost growth.
Regional and state collaborations and affiliations
The Center for Rural Emergency Services and Trauma (CREST)
The Center for Rural Emergency Services and Trauma (CREST) is a Dartmouth-Hitchcock based collaborative program of 17 critical access hospitals and community hospitals. Founded at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in 2007, CREST is designed to improve the emergency care of patients in rural New England and is one of Connected Care's primary educational and outreach partners. CREST is located at DHMC in Lebanon, NH, within the Emergency Department and the DHMC Trauma Center, a Level I, university-affiliated trauma center.
New England Alliance for Health (NEAH) is a group of community hospitals, behavioral health centers, and home healthcare agencies that came together in a shared commitment to improve the quality, efficiency, and availability of health care in New Hampshire, Vermont, and western Massachusetts. As a group, NEAH members share knowledge, resources, and solutions to challenging healthcare issues. In our local communities, we treat illness and improve wellness. We work with tax-exempt charitable health care organizations in thoughtful, patient-focused collaboration to improve patient care systems and the health status of all communities in the region.