Web-based tool for comparing Māori health indicators

Bay of Plenty District Health Board (BOPDHB) has launched a web-based monitoring tool that allows comparisons between DHBs on 16 different Māori health indicators.

The brainchild of BOPDHB doctor George Gray, the Māori Health Plan Monitoring Tool provides information on performance trends, disparities between Māori and non-Māori indicators, as well as links to seminars on best practice by the nation’s top performers.

The information is updated every 24 hours with the latest Ministry of Health data.

BOPDHB acting CEO Pete Chandler said the monitoring tool graphically demonstrated the disparity between Māori and non-Māori health outcomes in a way which had not been done before.

He said the tool had enjoyed universal support from national DHB CEOs and called for that to be translated into a lasting and tangible change for Māori.

Dr Gray said the intention was to make Māori health information more visible and accessible and to increase accountability.

“There are multiple examples of Māori having poorer health system experiences and that flows on to poorer outcomes and poorer life expectancy,” he said. “To change that requires ongoing performance improvement.

“This tool will give transparency to performance. DHBs can see whether the initiatives they are using against a certain indicator are working and if not they can try others.”

The development of the Māori Health Plan Monitoring Tool has been sponsored by the national Māori general managers group Tumu Whakarae and funded by the Bay of Plenty, Capital & Coast, Hawke’s Bay and Waitemata DHBs.

It is available at www.trendly.co.nz.

Posted in New Zealand eHealth

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