The California HealthCare Foundation has launched a new Web site for Spanish-speaking patients to compare California hospitals on different services. The English version of the hospital report card site was launched in March.
The Oakland, Calif.-based foundation, along with the California Hospital Assessment and Reporting Taskforce and the Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California at San Francisco, collected and analyzed data over a two-year period to design the comparisons. Healthcare consumers can search by location and hospital or condition, which includes cardiac treatment, pneumonia, maternity and other surgeries. Searches return comparisons with hospitals as well as against national averages and a rating of superior to average.
The Spanish version of the site will serve a large segment of California's population, which includes 12.7 million Latinos, or 35% of the state, the foundation stated in a news release. The California HealthCare Foundation is a philanthropic organization focused on statewide improvement of healthcare financing and delivery systems.