Media Advisory - Hospital standardized mortality ratios published for the first time in Canada

    OTTAWA, Nov. 26 /CNW Telbec/ - The hospital standardized mortality ratio
(HSMR) is an important new measure of patient outcomes used by hospitals in
several countries throughout the world as part of efforts to improve the
quality of patient care. On Thursday, November 29, the Canadian Institute for
Health Information (CIHI) will hold a news conference to release its first
report on HSMR trend results for Canadian acute care hospitals. The report is
entitled HSMR: A New Approach for Measuring Hospital Mortality Trends in
    The HSMR compares the actual number of deaths in a hospital or health
region with the overall Canadian experience, after adjusting for various
factors that affect in-hospital mortality, such as the age, sex, diagnoses and
admission status of patients. Hospitals in the United Kingdom and the United
States have used the measure to track mortality rates over time and target
areas for improvement in the delivery of care.

    Who:   Graham W. S. Scott, C.M., Q.C., Chair, CIHI Board of Directors
           Glenda Yeates, President and CEO, CIHI
           Jennifer Zelmer, Vice-President, Research and Analysis, CIHI
           Phil Hassen, CEO, Canadian Patient Safety Institute
           Dr. Michael Baker, Physician-in-Chief, University Health Network

    What:  Hospital Standardized Mortality Ratio news conference

    Where: Toronto General Hospital
           Degaspiris Conservatory (Level 4)
           585 University Avenue

    When:  Thursday, November 29, 2007
           10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
           Doors open at 9:30 a.m. (ET). The printed report and companion
           materials will be on site at this time. They will also be
           available electronically at 9:30 a.m. on November 29 at

    Reporters outside Toronto can participate in the news conference as well
by teleconference. Callers will be connected as early as 9:30 a.m. (EDT), with
the live feed beginning at 10 a.m. There will be an opportunity to ask
questions after the presentation. To get a dial-in number for the
teleconference, or for more information, please contact CIHI at the numbers

    About CIHI

    The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) collects and
analyzes information on health and health care in Canada and makes it publicly
available. Canada's federal, provincial and territorial governments created
CIHI as a not-for-profit, independent organization dedicated to forging a
common approach to Canadian health information. CIHI's goal: to provide
timely, accurate and comparable information. CIHI's data and reports inform
health policies, support the effective delivery of health services and raise
awareness among Canadians of the factors that contribute to good health.

For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: Veronique Perron, (613)
241-7860 ext. 4143, Cell: (613) 725-4097,; Jennie Hoeckstra,
(613) 241-7860 ext. 4331,

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