NU Online News Service, Feb. 21, 9:35 a.m. – Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield, New York, has chosen a customized version of Select Quality Care, by HealthShare Technology Inc., Acton, Mass., as its hospital comparison tool.

Select Quality Care gives employers and health plans the ability to provide comparative data on hospitals through the Web, HealthShare says.

Select Quality Care uses outcomes data reported by hospitals to state and federal government agencies, the company says.

The tool is now available to more than 50,000 Empire members.