Seven health systems in New Jersey and Pennsylvania have announced the formation of the largest alliance of health systems in the country to address quality, population health management, best practices and medical research in the north-east region.

The alliance, called AllSpire Health Partners, includes New Jersey- based Atlantic Health System, Hackensack University Health Network and Meridian Health, and Pennsylvania-based Lancaster General Health, Reading Health System, WellSpan Health and Lehigh Valley Health Network.

The seven health systems, comprising 25 hospitals and at least five affiliate hospitals, have a combined annual revenue of $10.5bn and a service area of more than six million people.

Atlantic Health System board of trustees and AllSpire Health Partners board of trustees chair Karen J Kessler said the alliance is the first step in a new chapter that will lead to a transformation of health care delivery.

"This consortium will produce seven cutting-edge health systems working in tandem, giving patients greater access to best-in-class health care services. This is the future of health care."

"This consortium will produce seven cutting-edge health systems working in tandem, giving patients greater access to best-in-class health care services. This is the future of health care," Kessler added.

The new consortium will carry out joint activities in patient care services, research and education, share best clinical practices in individual areas and develop innovative models of care to improve everything from patient experience to clinical outcomes.

In addition, the consortium will leverage the combined intellectual assets of its health partners to address economies of scale, enhance health outcomes, identify opportunities in the new era of health care delivery and move toward a regional population health focus.

At its core, this new consortium seeks to improve quality, affordability and access to health care by sharing clinical, intellectual and economic capabilities.