Pa. hospital quality data now online

March 21, 2008 2:58:01 PM PDT
Finding hospital quality data has meant searching multiple websites, with varying standards. Now, for the first time, Pennsylvania has data in one spot.

The site, assembled by the HealthCare Quality Alliance, includes information from all of the state's acute-care hospitals.

It compares hospitals in 4 major areas: treatment of heart attacks, heart failure, pneumonia, and prevention of hospital-related infections.

More measures will be added as the demand arises. "These areas are just the beginning," says Gerald Miller, chairman of the Alliance. "We want the public to visit the website, tell us what they think, and what they want to see on it in the future."

The information comes from data that hospitals are already required to report to the state, so there's no bias, as there is with many rating services and websites.

The information is gathered from the federal Medicare program, the HealthCare Cost Containment Council, and the Joint Commission, the national body that accredits hospitals.