New site compares hospital quality head-to-head
Last Updated: 2004-07-16 12:49:30 -0400 (Reuters Health)
By Todd Zwillich
WASHINGTON (Reuters Health) - The nation's largest hospital accrediting body launched a Web site Wednesday designed to let doctors and the public compare the quality of medical care at thousands of facilities.
The site lets consumers search out hospitals and directly compare their performance in treating a handful of health conditions, a move supporters said would deliver badly needed objective information to patients while driving health providers to improve their quality.
Patients and doctors visiting the site, called Quality Check, can search hospitals in any state or zip code. The site grades facilities based on how consistently they deliver care proven to improve health outcomes.