Leapfrog recognizes 11 hospitals with 'transparent' websites

Award recognizes sites that make quality data transparent, user friendly

The Leapfrog Group and URAC—a not-for-profit health care accreditation group—this week announced that 11 hospitals have received the 2013 Hospital Website Transparency Award.

The Excellence in Hospital Website Transparency Best Practices Awards and Acknowledgement Program—which began in 2012—seeks to identify hospital websites that promote transparency of quality measures in helpful and user-friendly ways.

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The program--consists of two parts:

  • The first part assesses overall website transparency based on objective criteria established in accordance with guidelines from the National Quality Forum; and
  • The second part uses a panel of experts to judge applicants by best practices in website transparency and reporting.

Any hospital that publicly reports Leapfrog Hospital Survey results is eligible for the program.

2013 Award Winners

Three of the 11 hospitals received the award with distinction for going "above and beyond" in their efforts to promote transparency on their hospital website.

The 2013 winners are:

  • Baptist Health South Florida (with distinction);
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center;
  • Harlem Hospital Center;
  • Inova;
  • JFK Medical Center (with distinction);
  • Kaiser Permanente (with distinction);
  • Mercy Regional Medical Center;
  • Nationwide Children's Hospital;
  • St. Mary Corwin Medical Center;
  • Texas Children's Hospital; and
  • WakeMed Health & Hospitals (Miliard, Healthcare IT News, 12/4).

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