Missouri reverses policy on older infection data

Wednesday, August 18, 2010 | 10:18 a.m. CDT

ST. LOUIS — Missouri health officials say they will start publishing hospital infection rates from previous years.

The Department of Health and Senior Services since 2006 has provided the data on a website. But as it added new quarterly data, the agency purged the oldest quarter.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Wednesday that the health agency plans to start providing older data through the website.

The decision to provide older information came after the newspaper reported that health officials said data was removed because a state law required infection data to be available for 12 months.

Health department Director Margaret Donnelly says the decision to remove the data from the website was made by the previous administration and that her department would reverse course. She said the health agency believes in transparency, and that she does not know how long it will take for older infection data to be available on the website.

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