Organizations are turning increasingly to the Internet to provide patients with healthcare information and resources.
Boston-based Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham have announced that their patient-safety Web sites will now also track progress of their goal to eliminate all incidents of preventable harm by Jan. 1, 2012. The site already measures the hospitals' performance in reducing infections rates as well as other areas of clinical care.
The hospitals said beginning in the spring they will release quarterly reports detailing their harm-elimination efforts, based on board reviews of the goal's metrics.
In addition, the Mississippi Hospital Association has launched My Care Matters, a new Web site for patients and businesses to review issues that are important to both hospitals and the general community, and to see how state and national legislation impact quality of care.