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New OHA Site for Ontario Hospital Performance Data

The Ontario Hospital Association has put up a new website at that compiles some publicly available hospital data and puts it in a user-friendly, layman-accessible format.

The OHA site can provide data sorted by type of care (Acute, Maternity/Pediatric, Emergency, Rehab, Chronic and Mental Health) or by indicator (Clinical Outcome, Family Satisfaction, Patient Safety, Patient Satisfaction, Perception of Care and Wait Time).  The site can also be used to review performance metrics for individual hospitals but large swaths of data appear to be missing.  For example, I was unable to locate any data on clinical outcomes for UHN or Sick Kids.

It is possible the OHA initiative was undertaken in response to the Fraser Institute’s Ontario Hospital Report Card, issued in March, which strongly criticized the hospitals for refusing to be identified in the report — only 17 out of 136 evaluated facilities agreed to be identified.  The Fraser Institute report appears to provide much more complete and detailed information, but because of the anonymity, generally cannot be used to identify specific hospitals.

Both the Fraser Institute site and the OHA site provide resources (follow those links) to help assess and compare methodologies. 

Earlier this month, the WSJ Health Blog took a look at health care performance metrics, noting a Health Affairs paper renewing a call for emulating the airline industry’s approach to safety, and an editorial on some quality-of-care pitfalls.

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