Harnessing Big Data: the launch of a new IHF Special Interest Group with Vizient

Date:  26 July 2021

Harnessing Big Data: the launch of a new IHF Special Interest Group with Vizient

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to unprecedented changes for healthcare organisations, reducing patient volumes and provider revenues in ways no one imagined. Going forward, successful hospitals and healthcare systems will be those who can harness the power of data and analytics to improve performance and operational efficiency while continuing to improve quality of care. Today, the International Hospital Federation announces the launch of the “Harnessing Big Data” Special Interest Group (SIG), in collaboration with Vizient to focus on the usage of data and analytics to improve performance and quality of care in healthcare systems.

The ‘Harnessing Big Data’ SIG will produce thought-leadership products, real-world case studies and instructional tools for C-suite level leaders in hospitals and health service providers, including:

  • Contemporary examples of how being able to harness data is a key component of C-suite level leadership development, enabling leaders to make well-informed decisions for improvement and growth.
  • Pragmatic advice from subject matter experts around the globe on how to report, compare and analyse data for informed decision-making at the C-suite level.
  • Case studies of innovative hospital programs, from across the world, focusing on using data to improve organisational performance.


Vizient, the leading healthcare performance improvement company in the United States, serving more than half of the nation’s hospitals, including 97% of academic medical centers, is a Premier Associate Member of the International Hospital Federation. Vizient is a recognised leader in improving performance and care quality and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in these fields to the ‘Harnessing Big Data’ Special Interest Group.

“We are excited to be collaborating with Vizient to support IHF members as they navigate the complexities of big data. As a long-standing member of the IHF, Vizient has an outstanding track record in supporting C-suite level leaders to strengthen their organizations’ performance through data and analytics. We look forward to using Vizient’s deep knowledge for the benefit of the IHF’s global community,” stated Ronald Lavater, IHF Chief Executive Officer.

“Healthcare organizations with increased visibility into performance data have greater confidence and success in their ability to deliver high-value care,” said David Levine MD, Group Senior Vice President of Advanced Analytics and Product Management for Vizient. “We look forward to this endeavor with IHF and the opportunity for more healthcare providers to understand how to access the data they need as they continue their journey of sustainable improvements in healthcare.”

For more information on the ‘Harnessing Big Data’ Special Interest Group, visit: https://www.ihf-fih.org/activities/special-interest-groups/harnessing-big-data/

About Vizient, Inc

Vizient, Inc. provides solutions and services that improve the delivery of high-value care by aligning cost, quality and market performance for more than 50% of the nation’s acute care providers, which includes 97% of the nation’s academic medical centers, and more than 20% of ambulatory care providers. Vizient provides expertise, analytics and advisory services, as well as a contract portfolio that represents more than $110 billion in annual member purchasing volume, to improve patient outcomes and lower costs. In 2021, Vizient acquired Intalere, which expanded its footprint with ambulatory and rural acute care providers. Vizient has earned a World’s Most Ethical Company designation from the Ethisphere Institute every year since its inception. Headquartered in Irving, Texas, Vizient has offices throughout the United States. Learn more at www.vizientinc.com.

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