Posted Jan 31, 2017

We are excited to have launched a new interactive online tool, FOCUS on Emergency Departments.

It provides an unprecedented amount of information from the last five years about the 16 busiest emergency departments in Alberta and allows Albertans, emergency department professionals, healthcare administrators, and patients alike, the opportunity to look at 18 measures and understand what is happening at these emergency departments in Alberta.

We are optimistic this ground-breaking tool stimulates conversations about healthcare quality measures and drives quality improvement efforts in Alberta.

“We believe in the power of information – that Albertans benefit when they have access to information about their healthcare system,” says Andrew Neuner, HQCA CEO. “Transparency is important to a publicly funded healthcare system. It fosters trust and confidence among the public. Knowledge can start conversations, and when necessary, lead to improvements.”

The measures presented include two types of information:
• Results of an HQCA patient experience survey conducted with people who have recently visited an emergency department
• Actual hospital data provided by Alberta Health Services

The combination of these two types of information provides a clear picture of what patients in Alberta have experienced when visiting the 16 emergency departments.

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