Patients across New York state are able to check how their local hospitals performed on a number of surgical procedures and other treatments. The state Health Department this week launched a long-awaited Web site rating hospitals, almost a decade after a law was passed requiring the state to do so. Some of the measures tracked include treatment of heart attacks and pneumonia and the prevention of surgical infections.
The Web site, www.nyhealth.gov, comes a decade after a law was passed requiring the state to issue report cards tracking hospitals procedures. Citing studies that show public scrutiny improves the quality of care, critics have long said the Health Department should expand its reporting of hospital procedures.