Network Seminar - February 25, 2009
A new web tool will be presented, Why Not The Best, developed by The Commonwealth Fund(www.WhyNotTheBest.org) which gives hospital leaders comprehensive data to measure and improve performance. The site offers easily accessible, comparative information on hospital performance and composite measures, clinical measures and patient satisfaction measures, trends, and side-by-side comparisons of over 4,500 U.S. hospitals (publicly available data from CMS Hospital Compare). Users can search by hospital characteristics, e.g. bed size, teaching, safety net, and select benchmarks (top 1%, 10%, state and national). The site also offers case studies of top-performing hospitals and a library of improvement resources. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with the site and provide feedback. The tool can be used by hospital systems for ongoing measurement, trends and benchmarks to evolve a culture of internal and external transparency, where data are shared publicly to impact quality.