Selecting the right hospital to receive care can save your life, lower your risks of getting a complication, or even reduce your financial hardship.

The problem is that it’s extremely hard for patients to make that judgment. Sometimes, the data they need to select the best hospital for their care doesn’t exist. In other cases it’s hard or impossible for the public to find.

This post is from Dr. Peter Pronovost, Senior Vice President for Patient Safety and Quality at Johns Hopkins Medicine and Co-founder of Doctella. This is an excerpt reposted from his blog, Voices for Safer Care. Please visit his website to read the full article.