State Health Department's New Hospital Profile Web Site Receives More than 1.1 Million Hits

ALBANY, NY, January 23, 2006 - The State Health Department today announced that since launching the New York State Hospital Profile (NYSHP) web site just four days ago it has received more than 1.1 million hits. The web site highlights key hospital quality measures and treatments for specific patient conditions at all 239 hospitals in the state.

State Health Commissioner Antonia C. Novello, M.D., M.P.H., Dr.P.H., said, "The overwhelming response demonstrates that the public is interested in the information and we look forward to receiving their comments as we find new ways to expand and improve the site.

The Department views this as a tremendous success and one we'll continue to build on to ensure that the public has access to accurate, reliable, timely and useful information that will help them make better-informed health care decisions."

The web site's search capabilities allow consumers to review hospital data by health condition, surgical procedure or special state designation - such as a stroke or burn center. The web site includes information on four health conditions, including care related to heart attacks, heart failure, pneumonia and prevention of surgical infections and up to 20 related services. The hospital profile also highlights risk-adjusted surgical outcomes on adult cardiac bypass and valve surgery, as well as angioplasty procedures and pediatric-specific heart surgery statewide.

The Department's new web site will eventually include additional measures and features, including summaries of hospital complaint and citation data, hospital-acquired infection rates, pediatric-specific services and results from patient satisfaction surveys.

For more information on the NYSHP web site please visit www.health.ny.gov.