Quality improvement site for Medicare Locals

The Improvement Foundation (IF) has launched a new site on its qiConnect web portal aimed at helping Medicare Locals to use healthcare data to enhance quality improvement within their regions.

IF, which runs the Australian Primary Care Collaboratives (APCC) program and the eCollaborative, which aims to support general practices and health services to be ready to use the PCEHR, is a not-for-profit organisation that uses the Collaborative methodology to help bring about quality improvements.

The qiConnect portal contains a large amount of data submitted by general practices and health services and allows users to access hundreds of case studies and tested ideas.

The Medicare Local quality improvement (QI) sites on qiConnect can supply real-time, local data that can be used to support quality improvement initiatives and facilitate reporting by Medicare Locals.

Within the new QI sites, Medicare Locals can create their own resource library, reports, discussion boards and project-specific pages, as well as participating in the broader qiCommunity, which links them to other Medicare Locals and organisations in the primary healthcare sector.

Kevin Arlett, chair of Townsville-Mackay Medicare Local, which has worked closely with IF to develop its own QI site, said qiConnect will bring the management and utilisation of practice data into the 21st century with data collection capabilities for a standard suite of measures.

“This system simplifies retrieval and analysis of data for general practices, so they can be proactive in their service delivery,” Dr Arlett said in a statement. “We look forward to launching qiConnect across our 240,000 square kilometre territory and an ongoing partnership with the Improvement Foundation.”

qiConnect also has a geographic information system (GIS), which includes a suite of maps that can overlay a Medicare Local’s region. Rather than the traditional representation of data in tables or graphs, the maps can display population health data relating to registered practices and health services that have made submissions to qiConnect.

Improvement Foundation CEO Colin Frick said the QI sites would provide Medicare Locals with a customised system that can deliver accurate, comprehensive data to help make a real difference in primary healthcare.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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