The Iowa Report
Welcome to the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative's (IHC) Iowa Report, a public
report that presents information on national, state, and hospital-specific
quality and patient safety performance. Within Iowa, IHC has been the trusted
leader in providing non-mandated, transparent, and responsible public reporting
of Iowa hospital performance since 2005. We believe this collaborative,
community-based effort helps support our vision of a healthcare culture of
continuous improvement in quality, safety, and value. Over the years, our scope
of public reporting has grown along with national efforts to increase the
availability of healthcare performance information. Currently, the Iowa Report
presents hospital quality/safety performance utilizing over 80 metrics.
What is "Quality"?
Quality in healthcare, including in hospitals, can be described as
"doing the right thing, at the right time, in the right way and having the
best possible results."
Why is this information important to you?
Our goal is to give you information you can use to increase your chances of getting the best
possible hospital care when you need it. This report is intended to engage you,
the patient, in your healthcare decisions. Take a few minutes and look for
different patterns in the information, find a hospital that is especially good
at treating the condition you have, compare the quality of hospitals nearest
Most importantly, it is your healthcare. You have the ability to take
control of your healthcare choices. As a patient, you can help improve the
quality of your healthcare through a number of different ways: bring this
information to your doctor, talk with your doctor about what matters to you,
speak up when you do not understand something, and come prepared with questions.