06
Jul 17

3 long term benefits of going dry this July

The 1st of July marks not just the beginning of the new financial year, but the day many will start their month long abstinence from alcohol for Dry July – Australia’s annual campaign to raise money for those affected by cancer. But can these campaigns have an effect on our health outcomes in addition to … Continue reading 3 long term benefits of going dry this July

04
Jul 17

How to measure outcomes that matter to patients

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In today’s day and age, thanks to technology, we know a lot of information about our patients before we have even said hello. Typically, when a patient is under our care, we can access their electronic health record and see their past medical history, imaging and pathology results, observations, clinical notes, family history and much … Continue reading How to measure outcomes that matter to patients

26
Jun 17

The role of patient information in healthcare program delivery

Large amounts of health data are held at different levels of government and by many organisations across the Australian healthcare system. Consequently, linking different types of information is almost impossible, and our healthcare intervention and prevention programs are suffering as a result. For example, in Australia, healthcare data that is routinely collected is not linked … Continue reading The role of patient information in healthcare program delivery

26
Apr 17

Enhancing systems measurement & continuous improvement

Enhancing systems measurement – no this is not about collecting more data! If we are serious about enhancing systems measurement, then I suggest we start by understanding what works well from a systems measurement perspective and what needs enhancing.  Is it the data that needs enhancing, or how we use it? The knowing-doing gap is … Continue reading Enhancing systems measurement & continuous improvement

26
Feb 16

Strategic delivery of health outcome reporting

Monitoring the health of the population is fundamental to the provision of evidence-based services and to improving health status. Governments, non-government agencies and universities all have a role in contributing to the strategic delivery of health outcome reporting. Experience in Queensland over the past decade has identified three critical factors: Health intelligence A recognised vehicle … Continue reading Strategic delivery of health outcome reporting

25
Feb 16

A real world, evidence-based approach to measure health outcomes in General Practice

We are now living in a world where data increasingly plays a large role in providing insights on which we can base our decisions. However, all data is not the same and as it forms the basis of decisions or actions, there is more importance placed on ensuring that we use relevant information. There are … Continue reading A real world, evidence-based approach to measure health outcomes in General Practice

28
Jan 16

Four strategies to measure health outcomes & inform policy

In a review by the Productivity Commission, public health spending was reported as the biggest rise in government spending. Federal and state government spending on health has risen by 74 % in the past decade. The question now has this investment in health spending led to an improvement in health outcomes? One of the fundamental … Continue reading Four strategies to measure health outcomes & inform policy

05
Feb 15

Would you like to go to the PROM with Nick Black?

 Australia is one of the highest ranking countries internationally when it comes to measuring health outcomes. However, there is always room for continued improvement. Presently, there are many changes happening to the health system within Australia, including the ageing population, increased chronic disease and also the changes that are to come with The Primary Health … Continue reading Would you like to go to the PROM with Nick Black?