Is public reporting ready for primetime? The cardiac surgery outcomes reporting debate

September 29, 2015  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

Public reporting is becoming an increasingly discussed topic in medicine among many sub-specialties and has led to quality improvement inititiaves and better education among consumers.

As Mott cardiac surgeon Dr. Jennifer Romano explains, there are still many challenges when it comes to reporting cardiac surgery outcomes and what information should be shared and how it should be shared with the public.

Hear from two experts who share their sides of the debate at the CHD Joint Conference hosted by Mott’s Congenital heart Center in this video Is public reporting ready for primetime? The cardiac surgery outcomes reporting debate. 

“We believe patients and families have the right to know the outcomes of the treatment they’re going to receive and we believe the platform currently used is the most sophisticated and best available platform to date to share that information with patients and their families."

— Jeffrey Jacobs, M.D., All Children’s Hospital:

"The issue related to public reporting really has more to do with how well these databases risk adjust for the complexity of cases amongst institutions. There’s no question that public reporting is a goal for all of us.

"Unfortunately while it is still very much a work in progress, we do not believe it is yet quite ready for dissemination."

— Thomas Spray, M.D., Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

See more videos from the conference here.

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