Hospital Standardized Mortality Ratio
The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) publicly releases health system performance which can be found at OurHealthSystem.ca. Niagara Health System (NHS) is performing similar to or better than the Canadian average in the following hospital-specific indicators:
- Similar to the Canadian average for Hospital Standardized Mortality Ratio (HSMR);
- Better than the Canadian average for readmission rates;
- Better than the Canadian average for cost of stay.
The Hospital Deaths indicator (HSMR) tracks changes in hospital mortality rates to reduce preventable deaths in hospitals, and improve quality of care. At 88, NHS’s HSMR remained the same in 2013-14, as compared to 2012-13, which is similar to the average for Canadian and Ontario hospitals.
NHS also did well in the other two acute-care hospital indicators reported as part of the new CIHI initiative: Quality of Care and Health Spending. In both cases, NHS was below the Canadian average for similar hospitals, 8.2% for returning to hospital or 30-day overall readmission (Quality of Care) and $4,655 for average cost of a hospital stay or cost per weighted case (Health Spending).