NY Times: “Go To The Wrong Hospital And You’re 3 Times More Likely To Die”

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Go to the wrong hospital and you're 3 times more likely to die

The startling headline about hospital outcomes tells it like it is.

This week, Reed Ableson of the New York Times reported on the results of a study from the academic journal PLOS One, which revealed something that may not surprise you if you have been following MPIRICA for any amount of time.

In the article, the study was described as showing that “there is considerable variation in outcomes that really matter to patients, from hospital to hospital, as well as region to region.”

“Researchers found that patients at the worst American hospitals were three times more likely to die and 13 times more likely to have medical complications than if they visited one of the best hospitals,” Abelson reported.

She noted that the study not only emphasizes the differences in outcomes among hospitals, but the researchers also acknowledged that patients have little information about those differences, and underscored the need for more transparency around performance.

Moreover, “the study did not disclose which hospitals had which results. Under the terms of the agreement to receive the data, the researchers agreed to keep the identities of the hospitals confidential.”

If you read the article and are familiar with MPIRICA, you will probably have some of the same thoughts we did. Clearly this study further validates MPIRICA’s mission to improve healthcare with surgery outcome transparency.

But the article demonstrates that we have a tremendous opportunity to raise awareness and inform many audiences about the MPIRICA Quality Score, its robustness, experience behind it, and its ability to help save lives (as well as costs).

Having analyzed the performance of 58,000 surgeons and 4,900 hospitals across almost 1,000 surgical procedures, our resulting scores can significantly benefit several audiences. To name a just few:

  • Healthcare consumers, who are making vital decisions about their surgery options
  • Industry experts, who analyze and inform others about healthcare performance and trends
  • Healthcare payers, who are wasting $91B/year on avoidable complications

Join us in our effort! We invite you to read the full story on NYTimes.com, share the startling headline with others, and inform others about MPIRICA.