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Website rates Ontario hospital performance

TORONTO – The Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) has created – a new website that provides public access to hospital performance information. According to the association, the site is easy-to-understand and navigate.

“Ontarians rarely access existing hospital performance information and when they do, they often find it very technical and difficult to understand, said Tom Closson (pictured), OHA President and CEO. “The OHA created to make hospital performance information both accessible and useful to patients and their families.”

Launched in April, allows users to learn more about how hospitals are performing by location, type of care, or one of 39 different indicators.

“By making the information on easy for people to access, the OHA is empowering patients while also helping hospitals become even more accountable than they already are,” said Tom Closson, who noted that Ontario hospitals already meet some of the most demanding accountability standards anywhere.

Other healthcare organizations also support and its benefits to patients.

“Ontarians, like all Canadians, want to know about the performance of the healthcare system and the quality and safety of healthcare, says Glenda Yeates, President and CEO of the Canadian Institute for Health Information.

“As an organization committed to public reporting and transparency in health information, the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) applauds the Ontario Hospital Association on the launch of this important initiative.”

The Ontario Hospital Association  is the voice of Ontario’s public hospitals. Founded in 1924, the OHA uses advocacy, education and partnerships to build a strong, innovative and sustainable health care system for all Ontarians.