Is Sunlight the Best Disinfectant for What Ails Health Care?

Commentary highlights the power of transparency to transform health care.

In the current issue of Modern Healthcare, John Lumpkin, M.D., M.P.H., senior vice president and director of the Health Care Group at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, describes a growing movement for greater transparency in health care, and how it is spurring quality improvement efforts in Aligning Forces for Quality communities across the country.

His commentary explains that RWJF believes measuring and publicly reporting on the care physicians and hospitals provide is crucial to improving quality and lowering the cost of care.

RWJF recently completed an online directory that points the way to locating more than 200 local, state and national performance reports. The reports include information such as how providers delivered care, outcomes for patients, what patients said in surveys about their care experience, cost information, etc.