National Audit of Hospital Mortality
In collaboration with the HSE Health Intelligence Unit, NOCA has worked to support the implementation and provide the ultimate monitoring of a National Audit of Hospital Mortality (NAHM). NOCA established a multidisciplinary NAHM Governance Committee that included relevant specialties and groups to ensure audit aims and objectives are achieved. Today, NAHM analyses and displays mortality patterns across 44 publicly funded acute hospitals.
The report presents information across six medical conditions: acute myocardial infarction (AMI) / heart attack, heart failure, ischaemic stroke, haemorrhagic stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and pneumonia. NAHM collects data from 44 publicly funded hospitals in Ireland.
As a member of the public it is reassuring to see that NAHM have continued in their efforts to improve the quality of our healthcare systems through their work, and demonstrate their commitment to public accountability with their annual report, findings, and the independent review of NAHM. It is important that the process of monitoring and measuring effectiveness is fully supported, to maintain the cycle of continuous improvement for the healthcare services, which will at some point, have an impact on all our lives.
Claire Murtagh — PPI Representative, NAHM Governance Committee