Alabama’s hospitals are constantly working to maintain and improve the quality of care for patients.
Patients and Families – For hospital-specific quality reports and information you can use to help make your stay as productive and healing as possible, visit JointheHealthJourney.com.
Overall Hospital Quality Information – Click here to find out about the care hospitals are providing to patients with specific conditions. The site provides hospital-specific information and is expanded each year. In addition to the information on clinical care, the site includes responses from patient surveys revealing how patients rated their hospital stay.
Fighting infections – Alabama’s hospitals consistently lead the country in their efforts to prevent hospital-acquired infections. Click to view hospital-specific infection rates.
National Quality Initiatives/Organizations
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality – The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is the federal agency charged with improving health care through research.
Hospital Compare – Web site that displays information about inpatient hospital care.
Hospital Quality Alliance – The Alliance is a reporting initiative providing information on the quality of care in hospitals who volunteered to report their data for selected clinical topics. It includes the American Hospital Association, along with CMS and other private and public organizations.
Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) – The Institute for Healthcare Improvement is a national organization that provides a number of free resources for quality improvement.
Institute for Safe Medication Practices – The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) is a not-for-profit organization that works closely with healthcare practitioners and institutions, regulatory agencies, professional organizations and the pharmaceutical industry to provide education about adverse drug events and their prevention.
National Quality Forum – The National Quality Forum (NQF) strives to improve health care through the endorsement of consensus-based national standards for measurement and public reporting of healthcare performance data.
Quality Check – The Joint Commission publishes information on hospital quality on its Web site “Quality Check.”
The Joint Commission – This national organization inspects hospitals to ensure they meet certain quality standards.