What is Hospital Standard Mortality Ratio (HSMR)?
The Hospital Standard Mortality Ratio (HSMR) is an important measurement tool that provides hospitals with a starting point to assess their mortality trends, identify opportunities for improvement and track their progress.
Public reporting of the HSMR is calculated by theCanadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) and the results are posted annually on their website.
How to interpret the HSMR
- An HSMR equal to 100 suggests that there is no difference between the hospital’s mortality rate and the overall average rate.
- An HSMR greater than 100 suggests that the local mortality rate is higher than the overall average.
- An HSMR less than 100 suggests that the local mortality rate is lower than the overall average.
It is important to note that the HSMR is not designed for comparisons between hospitals; it is intended to track a hospital’s trend over time.
Please see HSMR Rates for more information.