National HEN Program Annual Report Released
Improvements in Care Benefits to more than 69,000 Patients and Cost Savings of more than $200 Million


The American Hospital Association (AHA) / Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) today released its Annual Report, which highlights the program’s major successes of the past two years.  The report shows that significant improvements in quality were made in key clinical areas. Together these improvements resulted in better care for an estimated 69,072 patients with associated cost savings of more than $201,811,600. The program has helped the hospital field develop the infrastructure, expertise and organizational culture that will support further improvements for years to come. The AHA/HRET HEN has accelerated improvement nationally, and patients are benefiting every day from the spread and implementation of best practices.

Among other quality and patient safety improvements, participating hospitals have:

  • reduced early elective deliveries (which can increase complications) by 57%;
  • pressure ulcers by 26%;
  • CLABSI in intensive care units by 23%;
  • VAP in the ICU by 13% and across all units by 34%; and
  • readmissions within 30 days for heart failure patients by 13%.

The executive summary and full report are available on the HRET-HEN website.

The report specific to the California Hospital Engagement Network is available here.