Transparency in Heart Surgery Outcomes
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James E. O'Brien Jr, MD
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Children’s Mercy was one of the first pediatric cardiac surgery programs in the nation to voluntarily share surgical outcomes with the public via the Society of Thoracic Surgeons’ (STS) website.
That level of transparency is critical to quality improvement for patients, families and staff, as well as for pediatric heart surgery programs nationwide.
Today of the approximately 120 pediatric heart surgery programs belonging to the database, about half voluntarily share data publicly.
Children’s Mercy has been an early adopter of transparency.
In this podcast James E. O'Brien Jr, MD, explains that evaluating this objective information, Children’s Mercy has improved the care we provide patients and their families, helping us rank among the top programs in the country.
Smith, Michael and O'Brien, James, "Transparency in Heart Surgery Outcomes" (2017). Transformational Pediatrics Podcast. 119.