Meaningful use of data

Data quality improvement is one of the core attributes of high quality primary care, and one COORDINARE extensively supports general practices with, particularly in relation to improving coordination of care for chronic disease patients. It is the process of regularly reviewing health and clinical data in order to identify opportunities to improve the way you work, with the end result of delivering more cost efficient and better health services to clients.

Key to quality improvement is information management.

Information management refers to a cyclical and ongoing activity undertaken by general practices including collection and reviewing of clinical data, taking actions based on the insights revealed by critically analysing the data and having well planned systems in place to use the information for prompt and proactive patient care. Having such systems and processes in place enables general practice to target specific groups of patients and can promote improved patient care as well as create value for your practice as a business entity while delivering efficiency gains.

Better management of information and data can reduce the likelihood of medical errors, improve access to care and information, improve the efficiency of the practice as well as enhance communication between GPs, patients and others within the health care sector. These improvements facilitate the delivery of more consistent and better quality patient care and improve clinical decision making.

COORDINARE can assist your practice to develop effective health information management systems for patient care. Please contact us on info@coordinare.org.au or call us on 1300 069 002 if you would like to discuss further.

Through proper systems and processes of information management aimed at holistic data quality improvement, general practices can leverage their own clinical data for actual real world population health improvements for their patients. COORDINARE’s Sentinel Practices Data Sourcing (SPDS) Project assists eligible general practices to implement a data driven quality improvement system for their patients using comprehensive resources, customised training and access to innovative tools. Data cleansing, at-risk patient list creation followed by appropriate call to action including but not limited to prompt recalls and reminders are facilitated through the SPDS project methodology and its tools that are available for general practices.

To partake in the SPDS project and to avail of the various tools and resources that COORDINARE can offer please contact us at info@coordinare.org.au or call us on 1300 069 002.

Implementing a recall and reminder system for the follow-up of tests, results, referrals and appointments, supports your practice to provide comprehensive care. These systems are particularly helpful in following up patients requiring immunisation, or those who are living with a chronic disease.

You can use recalls and reminders for follow-up of information such as expected test results, follow-up of the patient to discuss test results, a system to provide medical advice for clinical matters or for health promotion activities.

Practice obligations and requirements for implementing effective follow-up and review of tests and results and can be found in Criterion 1.5.3 of Standards for General Practice 4th Edition – Continuity of Care: System for follow up of tests and results. 

Information and resources regarding recalls and reminders are available on the Resources page or for further information contact us at info@coordinare.org.au or on 1300 069 002.