Mandatory public reporting: Build it and who will come?

Sigall Bell, James Benneyan, Allan Best, David Birnbaum, Elizabeth M. Borycki, Thomas H. Gallagher, Chris Goeschel, Bill Jarvish, André W. Kushniruk, Kathleen M. Mazor, Peter Pronovost, Sam Sheps

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Rates of healthcare-associated infections (HAI) are being reported on an increasing number of public information websites in response to legislative mandates driven by consumer advocacy. This represents a new strategy to advance patient safety and quality of care by informing a broad audience about the relative performance of individual healthcare facilities. Unlike typical consumer health informatics products, the target audience and targeted health behaviors are less easily defined; further, the impact on providers to improve care is unknown relative to other incentives to improve. To address critical knowledge gaps facing all state agencies embarking on this new frontier, we found it essential and straightforward to recruit the assistance of university research faculty from a variety of disciplines. That interdisciplinary group was quickly able to define a 5- year applied evaluation research agenda spanning a progressive set of crucial questions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Perspectives in Health Informatics
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9781607507086
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365


  • Healthcare quality
  • Healthcare-associated infections
  • Mandatory public reporting
  • Patient safety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management


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