September 13, 2005
The Texas Department of State Health Services' (DSHS) Texas Health Care Information Collection has released the fifth annual hospital-specific performance measurements report that looks at the quality of inpatient care provided in Texas hospitals.
“Indicators of Inpatient Care in Texas, 2003” compares more than 380 Texas hospitals in four key areas: volume, mortality for inpatient conditions, mortality for inpatient procedures and use of certain procedures. The report includes an interactive database of risk-adjusted information on 26 conditions treated and surgical procedures performed in 2003.
Information on individual hospitals is available, and the report can be searched by hospital location or by specific quality indicators. The report can be viewed, searched and downloaded online at www.dshs.state.tx.us/thcic.
The Texas Health Care Information Collection gathers data from about 450 Texas hospitals representing more than 90 percent of hospital admissions in the state. Most rural hospitals are not included in the report because state law does not require them to report data to DSHS. Information presented honors medical confidentiality requirements.
The Texas Legislature directed the Texas Health Care Information Collection to report the performance of Texas hospitals on quality measures and to adjust the data to allow more accurate comparisons among the various categories of hospitals.
( News media: for more information contact Sylvia Cook, DSHS Texas Health Care Information Collection, 512-458-7261; or Emily Palmer, DSHS Assistant Press Officer, 512-458-7400.)