The 2008 release of Hospital Performance Results coincides with the 10th anniversary of the launch of the original Hospital Report series. The intervening years have borne witness to many changes, including improvements in measurement methods, a broadening in scope to include additional sectors, and the introduction of online reporting tools to replace printed reports.

For Acute Care 2008, a total of 44 indicators are used to examine the four areas of acute care that form a balanced scorecard approach - clinical utilization and outcomes, financial performance and condition, patient satisfaction, and system integration and change.

A balanced approach is important because there are many factors that contribute to overall performance. Providing hospital care is a complex activity, and as a result, no single part of the system causes excellent or poor performance.

Hospital-specific performance indicator results are available for 114 of 123 hospital corporations in Ontario. Together these hospital corporations represent 99% of all reported acute care separations in Ontario in 2006/07. Sixty-four percent (64%) of hospital corporations participated in all four quadrants. Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) level analyses are also included.

Reporting Focus:
System level and hospital-specific

Analysis Available:
Three classifications are used: above average performance, average performance, and below average performance. For some financial performance and condition indicators, two classifications are used: inside range to reflect optimal performance, and outside range to reflect less optimal performance. 

Results are summarized by hospital type (small, community and teaching) as well as by geographic region (as defined by LHIN - Local Health Integration Network.) 

Data collection and analysis was completed by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI).

Data Baseline:
System Integration and Change Indicators: 2007 
Patient Satisfaction Indicators: 2006-2007 
Clinical Utilization and Outcomes Indicators: 2006-2007 
Financial Performance and Condition Indicators: 2006-2007

114 out of 123 hospital corporations participated in at least one quadrant, representing 99% of all acute care separations in 2006-2007. Seventy-nine (79) hospital corporations participated in all four quadrants for Acute Care 2008.

Geoff Anderson, G. Ross Baker, Bernadee Koh-Bilodeau, Linda Choy, Imtiaz Daniel, Virginia Flintoff, Anyk Glussich, Sara Grimwood, Yujin Jiang, Jeanie Lacroix, Salima Ladha, Doreen MacNeil, Ian McKillop, Clara Pong, Stefan Popowycz, Adam Rondeau, Jennifer Wagg, Cindy Zhang