Hospital Standardized Mortality Ratio (HSMR)
HSMR is an
indicator and measurement tool that compares a hospital’s mortality rate
with the overall average rate. It has been used by hospitals in many
jurisdictions to assess and analyze mortality, and to identify areas for
improvement if any.
Why PRH does not qualify to publicly report our HSMR results
purpose of HSMR is to show statistically stable and reliable
information. The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) has
calculated the HSMR for eligible acute care hospitals in Canada. CIHI
has made HSMR results public only for eligible hospitals - those with
more than 2,500 HSMR cases. It has not released results for hospitals,
like ours, with less than 2,500 HSMR cases because the low numbers make
the results statistically unstable and therefore, less reliable.
hospitals are among the most accountable anywhere, and our hospital
takes a great deal of pride in how open and transparent we are to the
people we serve.
Although our HSMR is not a stable
indicator to use, there are benefits and practices that can come from
other hospitals’ analysis of their mortality rates that we can also
review and consider applicability for our programs and services.
encourage the public to refer to the Champlain LHIN-level HSMR result,
which can give an indication of performance on this particular indicator
in this region.