A part of my presentation to folks in Denver related to the organizational value of clinical outcome transparency in helping the clinical staff to hold themselves accountable to the standard of care that they value for their hospital. (Regular readers of this blog will not be surprised by that message, as I have been making this case for a long time!) One person later suggested that this was being accomplished in Colorado because the state government has had a website for several years with publicly reported data.
The existence of government websites of this sort does not preclude a hospital or group of hospitals from expanding the concept of transparency and offering value to the clinical staff by posting real-time information on progress in reducing infections and making other clinical improvements. Whether such transparency is adopted is solely a matter of local choice, and each place needs to make its own decisions as to the value thereof. The hospitals in the New Hampshire Hospital Association, for example, have to decided to present a website with much more recent information on topics of interest to them. This is part of a jointly determined common goal of eliminating patient harm over the next few years.