IF swaps to Canning Tool for collaborative data extraction

The Improvement Foundation (IF) has signed a commercial agreement with the developers of the Canning data extraction tool to use the software to extract data from clinical systems and submit it to the IF's qiConnect web portal.

The IF, which runs the Australian Primary Care Collaboratives (APCC) program, the OCHREStreams reporting system for indigenous-specific health services and the PCEHR eCollaboratives program, previously used the Clinical Audit Tool (CAT) from Pen Computing Systems.

The Canning Tool was developed in 2005 by Ian Peters and the former Canning Division of General Practice, which has since became the Bentley-Armadale Medicare Local, and is now marketed by a company called Arche Health.

It is able to extract demographic and patient health data from seven different GP clinical applications and submit it in a variety of formats. It also has reporting functionality and data visualisation capabilities.

IF CEO Colin Frick said the tool would be provided free to general practices and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) services that are involved in any of the IF's quality programs, as well as to Primary Health Networks (PHNs) that join the new PHN innovation collaborative set to launch next month.

Mr Frick said that while the Canning Tool and the Pen CAT were similar in many ways, the IF would work with Arche Health to develop the Canning Tool’s features to meet current and future needs of primary health services and PHNs.

“Our main need is to have data delivered safely and securely in a format to our portal, but practices and Aboriginal health services have other needs for these sorts of third-party tools,” Mr Frick said.

“We'll be working with users and vendors to better define what these are and assist with getting them developed if they are not already in the tool.”

IF will be licensing the tool nationally but Mr Frick said PHNs can access the tool through the Primary Health Network Innovation Collaborative launching next month.

The collaborative aims to improve the quality and safety of primary healthcare by providing a data collection and feedback system for general practices and ACCHOs and allow PHNs to benchmark against peers.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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