Quality Transparency Dashboard Uptake Increases

Quality Quarterly Article

HQI, in cooperation with the Patient Safety Movement Foundation and  CHA, creates and distributes quarterly dashboards of publicly available quality data for each CHA acute care member hospital. These model dashboards currently provide information on eight measures.      

The five outcome measures are:  

  • Central line-associated blood stream infection (CLABSI)  
  • Colon surgical site infection (Colon SSI)  
  • Nulliparous, term, singleton, vertex Cesarean birth rate (NTSV)  
  • In-hospital sepsis mortality rate   
  • Hospital-wide all-cause 30-day unplanned readmission rate  

The three program status measures are:  

  • Maternity safety program    
  • Sepsis protocol    
  • Respiratory monitoring program   

Consumer-level explanations of each measure are provided. Hospitals may also add optional comments about performance and initiatives at that hospital. 

Dashboards are emailed quarterly to hospital leaders and quality/patient safety teams for 340 acute care hospitals. Updated dashboards for 2020 third quarter were distributed on Aug. 24. HQI encourages each hospital to publish the information in the dashboard to its public-facing website to increase hospital quality transparency.     

HQI’s goal is to have a Quality Transparency Dashboard (or its equivalent) published on every California hospital’s website. Currently, 275 (80.9%) hospitals have posted to the dashboard or equivalent information, 58 (17.1%) hospitals are in progress to post, and seven (2.1%) hospitals are not engaged in the transparency effort.    

For more information about the Quality Transparency Dashboard initiative click here or email HQIAnalytics@HQInstitute.org.