Oregon Publishes Its First Statewide Report on Hospital Infection Rates to Help Consumers

Role of Clinical Pathology Laboratories in Hospitals may be Boosted by New Public Report

Transparency in provider outcomes took another step forward recently as the State of Oregon published its first report of hospital-acquired infections covering the year 2009. Because pathologists and clinical laboratory administrators are likely to eventually see similar public reporting in their states, this development has nationwide implications.

The report was compiled and released by the Office of Oregon Health Policy Research (OHPR). It compares healthcare-acquired infection (HAI) rates at 58 hospitals and health facilities across the state.