NPCC Reports And Support Website Now Available

The National Primary Care Collaborative (NPCC) team has worked successfully with suppliers of leading Australian clinical software to make the Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) and Diabetes related NPCC reports available to the wider Australian general practice community.

A reporting support website has been developed by the NPCC to help practices understand and use these reports. The NPCC reporting process offers practices a unique insight into the mechanisms of care delivery at work within their practice and reveals opportunities to enhance earning potential, streamline practice systems, and ultimately improve the quality of care of their patients.

The NPCC reports offer general practices a new perspective on their chronic disease patients by collecting a set of key clinical and financial indicators from the electronic patient records within the software of the following clinical software suppliers:

This type of information, until now, has not been readily available to practices not participating in the Collaboratives program, and is an invaluable tool for enhancing patient care and streamlining the practice systems.

In addition, this information also provides the opportunity to enhance practice earning through the improved practice systems.

The reporting support website guides practices through the reports, including a simple introduction to the NPCC reports, where to start, how to run the reports and interpret the results, and provides a link directly to the main NPCC website containing information and presentations from all of the Collaboratives’ workshops.

The now widespread availability of the NPCC reports presents an opportunity for Australian general practices, with the support of their divisions and general practice networks, to develop robust diabetes and CHD registers and dramatically improve the veracity of practice data.

The reports can provide more Australian practices with information about patient groups, practice performance and insights into the systems of care delivery within the practice, which most importantly enhances patient care.

Their availability also continues the Collaboratives’ linkage with Australian health priorities, divisional network strategies and strategies of other general practice support organisations.

Julian Flint, Health Informatics Coordinator at Western Division of General Practice (and former NPCC Data and Information Manager), said the Collaboratives has not only been the best thing for Information Management in terms of the quality and accuracy of patient data, practices are actually using that data to make decisions in terms of patient care.

“Before the NPCC there were no clinical software programs that could search for information on the scale required for the Collaboratives”, he said.

“The Collaboratives pushed forward software search capabilities, as well as GP and practice appreciation of quality data, and it’s fantastic to see these search tools now available to the majority of general practices around Australia as well as the practices participating in the Collaboratives program.”

The 3-year, $17.3 million Commonwealth funded Collaboratives program has already assisted over 500 participating general practices from around Australia improve health outcomes for patients with chronic disease by introducing better systems of care and enhancing overall business efficiency.

The reporting support website developed by the NPCC is available here.

For more information on the program please visit the NPCC website.


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