Eleven hospitals in Cleveland, US, are working together to improve patient outcomes across the country.

The initiative aims to reduce the number of patients returning to hospital after discharge, to reduce the time spent by patients in the emergency room, and to improve the care for patients with limited English proficiency.

The hospitals will implement strategies to reduce re-hospitalisations by taking steps such as improved patient education and follow-up, and their experiences with hospitals across the country.

In addition, the group will work with 100 other hospitals in the US to understand why patients with heart failure are often re-hospitalised within 30 days discharge.

The initiative is a part of the Aligning Forces for Quality Hospital Quality Network, a network of over 130 hospitals aimed at improving quality of care delivered in hospitals in the US.