Updated Quality Transparency Dashboards Paused Until 3rd Quarter of 2020

Quality Quarterly Article

Due to increased hospital workload and delays in data reporting as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, HQI is delaying the release of updated Quality Transparency Dashboards until the third quarter of 2020. 

HQI, in cooperation with the Patient Safety Movement Foundation and the California Hospital Association (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:  

Five outcome measures:  

  • Central Line-Associated Blood Stream Infection (CLABSI)  
  • Colon Surgical Site Infection (SSI)  
  • Nulliparous, Term, Singleton, Vertex (NTSV) Cesarean birth rate  
  • In-hospital sepsis mortality  
  • Potentially Preventable Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) – change pending 

Three program status measures:  

  • 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. HQI encourages each hospital to publish the information in the dashboard to its public-facing website to increase hospital quality transparency.   

Our goal is to have a Quality Transparency Dashboard (or its equivalent) published on every California hospital’s website. Currently, 253 (74.6%) hospitals have posted the dashboard or equivalent information, 75 (22.1%) hospitals are in progress to post, and 11 (3.2%) hospitals are not engaged in the transparency effort.  

For more information about the Quality Transparency Dashboard initiative you can visit us or email HQIAnalytics@HQInstitute.org.