In simplest terms, an outcome is the result of a particular medical treatment or surgery.
Hospitals traditionally report on key outcomes like low mortality rates, surgical infections, hospital readmissions, and length of stay. But patients having major medical procedures — such as open-heart surgery, a total joint replacement, or pediatric interventions — also want more detailed outcomes for their specific conditions.
UPMC has been on the journey of evaluating quality performance for decades. We have designed clinical measures that allow us to be successful in the breadth of services that we offer so that our patients and their families can see that we are meeting or exceeding national benchmarks.
Quality outcomes allow you to evaluate how well UPMC performs in key areas compared with other hospitals. Those same outcomes also encourage us to continually improve the quality of our care through innovation, the introduction of best practices, and ongoing professional education and training.
By providing you access to UPMC’s quality outcomes, our goal is to empower you to make confident and well-informed decisions about important health care considerations like surgeries and hospital care.
At UPMC, we measure quality in many ways, including patient satisfaction scores, continuous clinical performance monitoring, medical outcomes, and ongoing research.
While no single measurement can provide a complete look at any hospital’s quality, there are a variety of resources that let you compare UPMC’s performance with those of other hospitals.
You can also find valuable quality information on the websites of UPMC and the UPMC Health Plan.
Other respected sources of information include The Joint Commission’s Top Performer on Key Quality Measures program and the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), used by many health plans to measure quality and performance.
Your doctor can help you identify the best sources for quality data for your specific condition. Most of all, you should always feel comfortable asking about your physician’s own expertise and outcomes, such the number of procedures done, percentage of negative outcomes, and how those numbers compare to national averages.
UPMC’s Find a Doctor service provides details on our physicians’ educational backgrounds, board certifications, hospital affiliations, specialties, and board certifications as well as the types of insurances accepted.