A new interactive website launched today by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), “Your Health System: In Depth”, provides hospitals and Canadians with access to performance indicator statistics from more than 600 facilities from every province and territory including Stevenson Memorial Hospital.
Statistics for rates of in-hospital sepsis, readmissions and avoidable deaths and three years of available trending data, will now be available on the site in various formats. Stevenson President and CEO Jody Levac welcomes the new information source.
“The information available on Your Health System: In Depth will help us to better understand where we should be focusing our attention and also gives us the additional opportunity to learn from our top-performing peers,” said Levac. “We welcome any opportunity to review our best practices to ensure that we continue to provide the highest quality of care to our patients.”
Statistics available on the public website include 2012-2013 data.
“We have been aware of these results for some time, and we already have measures in place to address areas that are of concern to us,” explained Shannon Landry, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer. “For example, we are already working with Health Links to improve the co-ordination of care for patients in the community. That work has been ongoing for the past year and it is not reflected in these statistics.”
While Stevenson was rated within the average range for many indicators, the hospital’s cost per inpatient stay at $3,931 is significantly lower than the Central Local Health Integration Network average cost of $4,550. While the rate of low risk Caesarian sections performed at Stevenson remains above average, the number has dropped to 22 per cent from 28 per cent in the previous year.
“We are constantly examining our procedures, processes and performance, and looking for
Ways to improve,” Landry said. We will carefully review the information that CIHI has released and work to identify process improvements, just as we do when we receive other reports on performance indicators.”While she encourages the public to use the online tool, Landry cautions about drawing comparisons based solely on the CIHI data.
“Hospitals often serve different segments of the population with different health needs,” she said. “For example, many of our cardiac and stroke patients receive follow up treatment from our regional centre. It is difficult to make hospital-to-hospital comparisons based on these indicators.”