State's Nursing Home Profile Web Site is Named the "Best of the Web"

Albany, N.Y. (September 14, 2007) - New York state's nursing home profile Web site, http://nursinghomes.nyhealth.gov/, has received the New York State Forum's prestigious 2007 "Best of the Web" Award in recognition of its state-of-the-art design and user-friendliness, state Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D., announced today.

The Forum, part of the Rockefeller Institute of Government, is a network of public officials and state government organizations that focus on information management, policy and technology. To be eligible for the award, government Web sites had to be functioning at the time of the nomination and comply with the New York State Office for Technology's best practices. A panel of judges evaluated applications on the innovative use of technology, value to the user, and cost-efficiency to the agency.

The Web site highlights key nursing home quality measures, allows the public to easily obtain important, up-to-date information and provides detailed data on the Department's inspections of nursing homes – including providing the public with the ability to download inspection reports directly. The public is able to see specific deficiencies for which a nursing home may have been cited, as well as how many residents were affected and how severely.

Moreover, the New York State Nursing Home Profile enables the public to:

  • Easily search for nursing homes of interest by name, region, county or selected distance within a chosen zip code;
  • Identify nursing homes providing special services such as adult day care, respite care or services to children in need of long term care;
  • Compare nursing homes on the basis of up to 19 quality measures including the percentage of residents whose need for help with daily activities has increased, the percentage of residents given influenza vaccine during flu season, and the percentage of residents who were assessed and given pneumonia vaccination; and,
  • Obtain important and up-to-date information regarding complaint investigation history, as well as recent enforcement actions taken by the Department.