USA Today has published the government’s best estimates of death rates due to heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia for every American hospital for the past two years. The article has links to the pages where the death rates are published. As USA Today points out, this information was previously inaccessible to most patients.
From the article:
Now anyone with access to a computer can directly compare a local hospital with the one across town to see how it stacks up against the biggest medical institutions nationwide.
Death rates from heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia are widely viewed as yardsticks of a hospital’s overall performance.
Using this resource is one good way that people can get the information they need to make sure their health is in the best hands.