Ontario Hospitals Report Performance Results in SAS®

Report tool reduces result submissions from months to minutes

TORONTO (October 18, 2005) – SAS, the leader in business intelligence and predictive analytics, announced today that the Hospital Report Research Collaborative (HRRC), at the University of Toronto�s Department of the Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (HPME) , has used SAS® software to develop a performance and quality improvement reporting tool available to Ontario hospitals to calculate financial and clinical performance indicators.

In a recent benchmark study amongst a number of Ontario hospitals, the Wizard for Hospital Report Indicator tool (WHIC) reduced the time that the average hospital takes to trend performance indicators from eight months to minutes.

�The WHIC tool has proven to be a most powerful means for Ontario hospitals to trend and benchmark their own performance measures,� said Dr Adalsteinn Brown, Principal Investigator, HRRC. �This tool contributes to the efficiency of everyone involved in, or with a vested interest in, performance reporting, as well as providing an unprecedented level of timely and accurate performance reports that a lot of important hospital funding decisions are based upon.�

The HRRC, a leading research institute specializing in hospital performance measurement and benchmarking, has developed the tool to more efficiently report on the performance of Ontario hospitals to the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care (MOHLTC). In the future, MOHLTC plans to use the information to make more informed funding decisions for each hospital corporation.

Over time, the tool will be used to collect, analyze and report on complex continuing care, emergency department care and rehabilitation performance indicators. Performance improvement managers and analysts at Ontario hospitals can also use the tool to do trend analysis and benchmark their own internal results with other hospitals in the province and ensure they are meeting performance standards set out by the MOHLTC

The Hospital Reports can be viewed at www.hospitalreport.ca