Patients can use a new report card Web site measuring quality and clinical outcomes among Colorado's hospitals, according to an announcement by the state.
The state launched its new site as part of legislation signed last year that requires facilities to publicly report quality and outcomes data. The Web site compares that data for consumers who want to search for information about specific hospitals. The Colorado Hospital Association will maintain the site, according to a news release.
Consumers can peruse data on 38 measures, including cardiovascular care, strokes, blood clots, pressure sores, diabetes, live births, asthma, urinary tract infections and hip replacements, which were developed using nationally endorsed standards. Patients choose a measure, request the chart type in which they want the information displayed, and then can compare hospitals in a particular region or up to eight individual hospitals of their choosing. The site also is equipped with a user guide so people can navigate through comparisons.
Data in the current report card reflects discharge figures from 2004, 2005 and 2006. Hospitals were not required to submit data on all the reported measures, because in some instancesfor example, smaller, rural hospitalsfacilities did not provide care in those areas in sufficient volume, according to the association. The site currently reflects reporting by 81 of the states 85 hospitals.
In addition to patient's comparing data, hospitals can use the site to gauge their performance against hospitals providing similar care, according to the association.
"The report demonstrates Colorado hospitals' commitment to continuously improving patient safety and quality. Not only will consumers be able to use information, but hospitals will as well, to compare to other hospitals and see where improvement can be made," said Steven Summer, association president and chief executive officer, in a written statement.
Healthcare stakeholders, including hospitals, public health officials, insurers and insurance buyers, and business leaders made up the committee charged with implementing public reporting.
The association plans to evaluate the usefulness of the site and include additional standards, including standards for hospital-acquired infections and patient satisfactionin upcoming versions of the report card.
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