The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has redesigned the Illinois Hospital Report Card website with the aim of presenting patient safety and quality of care information in a more user-friendly format. The revamped website includes an updated Illinois Public Health Community Map, with county-level information on health outcomes and access to care across Illinois.
“Illinois residents deserve access to accurate, reliable data about the quality of health care provided in our State,” said IDPH Director Dr. Sameer Vohra.
“This updated website will allow consumers to be more knowledgeable about their health care options, as well as provide greater information on the health needs of their communities,” he said. “Our goal is that these resources – the updated, enhanced Hospital Report Card and Community Map – will provide Illinois residents, elected officials, and health care professionals with greater insight on where resources can be utilized to achieve better health for all.”
The Illinois Hospital Report Card tracks more than 150 measures for hospitals across Illinois, as well as assesses operations of ambulatory surgical treatment centers. Website users can obtain information about what services are provided, the cost of those services, patient satisfaction, patient safety, medical complications, and other quality and safety data.
IDPH said the redesigned website is “significantly faster” and includes a handful of new features to improve functionality. The features include mobile optimization, expanded search capabilities, expanded access to data, and expanded hospital profiles.
While the report card focuses on facility-level data, the website also offers the community health map, which provides county-by-county information about the quality of health in Illinois communities. The map also highlights socioeconomic and racial or ethnic disparities that may exist. IDPH explains that taken together, the two sites provide an overview of public health and the availability of healthcare services in Illinois.
IDPH also noted that the map provides data in nearly 100 categories, detailing the prevalence of conditions like asthma, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, behavioral health disorders, and other conditions, and allows the information to be broken down by race and ethnicity. IDPH said this information can be used to see a clearer picture of where gaps in services may exist.
IDPH said it will continue to consult with stakeholders to regularly update the website, to ensure that it contains the most timely, accurate, and useful information.