VA to post hospital quality, safety data on White House website

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced plans to begin posting data from its annual report card on the White House’s Data.gov website, Federal Computer Week reports.

According to Federal Computer Week, the VA is posting data on quality of care, patient satisfaction, availability of services, wait times, medical staffing, patient outcomes and other topics in a machine-readable format for the first time, according to a news release. The VA issued its first public report card on patient quality and safety at Veterans Health Administration facilities in May 2008. The 1,400 hospitals in the system treat about 5 million patients a year.

(SOURCES: Advisory Board Daily Briefing, http://advisory.com, December 22, 2009; Federal Computer Week, http://fcw.com, accessed December 22, 2009)