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The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) publicly released a new website about health system performance called Your Health System.

(Updated May 30, 2016)

Niagara Health is pleased to report that the latest health performance indicators from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) show we are performing better than the Canadian average in seven indicators and better than the Ontario and LHIN averages in Administrative Efficiency.

Highlights of the indicators released as part of the CIHI’s Your Health System initiative demonstrate Niagara Health is performing:

Better than the Canadian average for obstetrical trauma (with instrument) – also highlighted as a top performer since our results have been in the best 10 per cent of performers over the last  four years;
Better than the Canadian average for low-risk C-sections;
Better than the Canadian average for readmissions (all patients; surgical patients);
Better than the Canadian average for worsened depressive mood in long-term care;
Better than the Canadian average for worsened physical functioning in long-term care;
Better than the Ontario and LHIN averages in administrative efficiency.


“At Niagara Health we hold ourselves to the highest standards to deliver quality safe patient care,”  says Niagara Health President Dr. Suzanne Johnston. “Improving quality and safety is an ongoing process and we are pleased to see we are making progress with key performance indicators reflected in the Your Health System data. The work done by CIHI helps Niagara Health and the public to better understand what we are doing well and where we can improve.”

In the obstetrical trauma category, Niagara Health is 5.2 per cent, well below the Canadian average of 18.3 per cent. For low-risk C-sections, the Niagara Health rate is 10.4 per cent, compared to a 14.1 per cent average for Canada. In the administrative efficiency category, Niagara Health scored 4.4 per cent for administrative costs, compared to the provincial average of 5.6 per cent and the LHIN average of 5.1 per cent. Niagara Health’s results are the same as the national average in this category at 4.4 per cent, however CIHI notes different health structures in the country could impact this comparison. Among areas identified for continued improvement are use of antipsychotics and improved physical functioning in long term care.

Niagara Health is performing similar to or better than the Canadian average in the following hospital-specific indicators:

  • Similar to the Canadian average for Hospital Standardized Mortality Ratio (HSMR);
  • Better than the Canadian average for readmission rates;
  • Better than the Canadian average for cost of stay.

The Hospital Deaths indicator (HSMR) tracks changes in hospital mortality rates to reduce preventable deaths in hospitals, and improve quality of care. At 88, Niagara Health’s HSMR remained the same in 2013-14, as compared to 2012-13, which is similar to the average for Canadian and Ontario hospitals.

Niagara Health also did well in the other two acute-care hospital indicators reported as part of the new CIHI initiative: Quality of Care and Health Spending. In both cases, Niagara Health was below the Canadian average for similar hospitals, 8.2 per cent for returning to hospital or 30-day overall readmission (Quality of Care) and $4,655 for average cost of a hospital stay or cost per weighted case (Health Spending).

 NHS HSMRFor details about Niagara Health quality initiatives, please check the Quality section of our website.

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