New monitoring system
June 21, 2018
A new data ‘dashboard’ is expected improve the health of Māori and Pasifika and other patients.
The “dashboard” consists of a portable data station which tracks patient and staff safety, quality of care, and the success of processes and outcomes on a monthly basis.
The Primary Health Organisations (PHO) dashboard tracks engagement with general practice and can be used to identify broader issues. For example, data collected by the dashboard shows Māori PHO enrolment is lower than that of other communities.
The new data reporting system developed by the Capital and Coast District Health Board tracks patient health and will lead to better decision-making, it was discussed at the Community Public Health Advisory Committee (PHAC) and Hospital Advisory Committee (HAC) meeting on Wednesday morning.
Director of innovation, strategy and performance Rachel Haggerty noted the “substantial gap” between health outcomes for Māori and Pasifika and non- Māori patients.
There had been success in getting Maori and Pasifika women to turn up for breast-cancer screening, but not for follow-up or treatment.
Chairperson Fran Wilde was confident the dashboards would contribute to better patient results.
“We want to integrate health [care] and the hospital. The whole point is to keep people out of hospital.”