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New Insights from MedicalDirector Welcomed

The availability of standardised reporting of chronic and complex conditions across primary health care sectors is now achievable with the release of MedicalDirector Insights.

Using the APCC Quality and Safety Indicators and Indigenous nKPIs, MedicalDirector’s new product release ‘MedicalDirector Insights’ provides their users with the ability to monitor improvements over time for patient cohorts using more than 200 quality indicators.

MedicalDirector Insights now facilitates the direct submission of indicators to the Improvement Foundation’s online secure quality improvement portal. It eliminates the need for users to purchase or have to rely on traditional data extraction tools, delivering cost efficiencies to the health sector.

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January 24, 2017
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Transforming Access to Health Care Data

Launch of Improvement Foundation’s New Patient Data Platform powered by Telstra Health

Transforming Access to Health Care Data

Australian health services are now able to obtain real time health data from disparate primary and secondary healthcare software systems, transforming the way that data is collected and accessed from medical software systems.

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August 29, 2016
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Report concludes that Primary Healthcare can be improved by Collaboratives

The Nation’s Primary Health Care System has shown significant improvements being involved in the Australian Primary Care Collaborative (APCC) Program* yet despite its demonstrable success, it has not been systematically embedded and sustained either nationally or in local health systems.

A recent report by the Grattan Institute showed the significant results that the Collaborative methodology has achieved through the APCC Program.  Traditionally, this Program has been delivered by the Improvement Foundation with rigour including face to face learning workshops but now the resources have been transformed into an online resource.

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April 04, 2016
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Our outcomes prove how much we have achieved with the support of our Coach

“My qiCoach and I make regular contact to discuss ideas and she is very helpful in showing me ways to access the data that I want to access. Our outcomes prove how much we have achieved over the last year with the support of our Coach. Our Principal GP is astounded with the figures and continues to support us in developing and improving our already fantastic systems.”
Belinda Giumelli, Finance Manager, Woodcroft Medical Centre

March 15, 2016
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Helping to Focus on Areas for Improvement

“Being involved in qiCoach helped us focus on areas for improvement as sometimes ‘you can’t see the wood for the trees’. Once we had identified our weaker areas, we held meetings to discuss which ones we would concentrate on and in what order. The support person from qiCoach was always available to provide resources and advice and this included face to face meetings and over the phone consultations as required .”
Julie Cartwright, Business Manager, Langpark Medical Centre

March 15, 2016
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A change for good – introducing new data extraction software

From July 2015, the Improvement Foundation will be introducing new arrangements for the continued safe and secure submission of primary health care data to the Improvement Foundation’s web portal.

The software, known as the Canning Tool (developed by Arche Health), is a well-established product with a proven track record of almost ten years of collecting primary health care data. The Improvement Foundation is committing to work consultatively with the user community to further develop the Canning Tool’s features to meet current and future needs of primary health services and Primary Health Networks. If you would like to be actively involved in the development of the Canning tool, please email us on data@improve.org.au

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June 11, 2015
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New Healthcare Dashboard Tracks Treatment of Chronic Disease Care

In an Australian first, a new dashboard has been developed to help busy General Practitioners (GPs) track the treatment of chronic disease care for their patients. The dashboard includes the ability not only to track the rollout and effects of quality improvement initiatives but also to benchmark their initiatives against other health services. The result is a complete change management and improvement system for the healthcare sector.

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March 31, 2015
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Improving Healthcare International Convention

The Improvement Foundation’s Improving Healthcare International Convention will be held in Melbourne from 16-18 November 2015.

Join us to discover how to implement innovative, cutting edge, practical solutions that will help you to:

  • Connect the elements of the health system to improve communication.
  • Increase efficiency across health providers.
  • Embed quality improvement methods and leadership in organisations.
  • Successfully inspire, implement and measure change.
  • Engage patients as part of the healthcare team to improve health outcomes and quality of life.
  • Utilise the latest technologies to rethink the way healthcare is delivered.

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March 01, 2015
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Latest APCC Results

Diabetes Prevention and Management Wave (Wave 9)

At 14 months, the Diabetes Prevention and Management Wave (Wave 9) is seeing great improvements across all core measures.

Results of note include:

  • There has been a significant reduction in the number of patients with a diagnosis of diabetes who do not have a HBA1C recorded, dropping from 45% to below 30%.
  • By month 14, more than 4,510 Diabetes Risk Assessments (DRAs) had been completed for patients by the 37 participating practices and health services, compared to just 64 DRAs recorded at baseline. The Diabetes Risk Assessment Tool (AUSDRISK) is used to identify an individual’s risk of developing Type 2 diabetes within five years.

Click here to see the full results of this Wave.

 

Cardiovascular Disease and Chronic Kidney Disease Wave (Wave 10)

At month three, the Cardiovascular Disease and Chronic Kidney Disease Wave (Wave 10) is seeing early improvements, including some outstanding improvements in the risk assessment and register numbers measures.

Results of note include:

  • In the first 3 months of this Wave, the 59 participating general practices and health services completed 5,498 Absolute Risk Assessments for eligible patients.
  • 2,900 more patients with chronic kidney disease are recorded on participating general practice and health service registers. Absolute risk is used to identify an individual’s risk of a cardiovascular event occurring within a five-year period.

Click here to see the full results of this Wave.

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January 05, 2015
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A new CTG Gap ‘dashboard’ helps GPs improve A&TSI health outcomes

The Improvement Foundation, Australia’s leading provider of data-driven quality improvement solutions for the primary healthcare sector, has implemented a new ‘Closing the Gap’ dashboard in its online quality improvement (qi) portal – qiConnect.  The new dashboard, combined with IF’s Closing the Gap: Measure and Act initiative, is available for free to general practice users, and is the first of its kind available for mainstream general practices.

According to a national survey, up to 60% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians visit a general practice for their health care needs [1].  The Closing the Gap dashboard enables general practitioners to see at a glance how many of their patient population are recorded as identifying  as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

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November 25, 2014
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Call to action to help boost Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

Australian GPs are being urged to join an initiative that could improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in their community.

Closing the Gap: Measure and Act is an Improvement Foundation (IF) initiative to help General practices and other health services better respond to specific Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health issues.

General Practices can participate by measuring important quality improvement indicators that will help determine if there are any service level gaps at the General Practice. General Practices will also be able to benchmark their work with other peers participating in the initiative.

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November 04, 2014
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More quality improvement initiatives to come from the APCC Program

The Improvement Foundation (IF) is to deliver a range of new Australian Primary Care Collaborative (APCC) Program Waves as part of the current phase of the Program.

Through these new initiatives, more than 80 general practices and health services across Australia will engage in quality improvement during the health reform process, with a focus on improving the management and/or prevention of chronic disease.

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October 01, 2014
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Vaccine System ranked in Top Four Innovations by Australian Doctor Magazine

vaccination_websmallPublished in Australian Doctor, 27 August 2014 by Amanda Sheppeard

Homegrown health-tech heroes
Meet four of Australia’s most innovative doctors in the field of health technology, from the first virtual GP service to a device that provides real-time feedback on pelvic floor exercises, these doctors reveal how their ideas became reality.

From the Hills Hoist clothesline and the glorious wine cask to the life-saving application of penicillin and the development of the bionic ear and the electronic pacemaker, Australians have been dreaming up big ideas in laboratories and backyard sheds for decades.
Despite our relative geographical isolation, Australia has an envied international reputation for its highly skilled IT workforce, and Australian doctors and health professionals are among a groundswell of everyday people identifying a need and finding the IT solution to meet it. Smart Practice meets four of them.

Improvement Foundation: The Vaccine Surveillance System

When non-profit organisation The Improvement Foundation was asked by the WA Department of Health to design and deliver a flu vaccine surveillance system, researchers and designers knew there had to be a simpler and faster process than the existing manual system.

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August 27, 2014
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eHealth indicators enable GPs to compare their results against national averages

In an Australian first, new eHealth indicators enable GPs to compare their results against national averages. The Improvement Foundation, Australia’s leading provider of data-driven quality improvement solutions for the primary healthcare sector has implemented a range of new clinical indicators in its free online quality improvement portal – qiConnect.

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July 28, 2014
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300,000+ of diabetes patients benefit from GP training designed by Adelaide experts

To date, more than 320,000 Australians with Type 2 diabetes are benefiting from their GPs taking part in Australia’s largest quality improvement program – the Australian Primary Care Collaboratives (APCC) Program. The APCC Program is designed and delivered by the Improvement Foundation, a not for profit organisation with its head office in Adelaide.

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July 13, 2014
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Latest APCC Results

Diabetes Prevention and Management Wave (Wave 9)

At 14 months, the Diabetes Prevention and Management Wave (Wave 9) is seeing great improvements across all core measures.

Results of note include:

  • There has been a significant reduction in the number of patients with a diagnosis of diabetes who do not have a HBA1C recorded, dropping from 45% to below 30%.
  • By month 14, more than 4,510 Diabetes Risk Assessments (DRAs) had been completed for patients by the 37 participating practices and health services, compared to just 64 DRAs recorded at baseline. The Diabetes Risk Assessment Tool (AUSDRISK) is used to identify an individual’s risk of developing Type 2 diabetes within five years.

Click here to see the full results to month 14 of this Wave.

Cardiovascular Disease and Chronic Kidney Disease Wave (Wave 10)

At month three, the Cardiovascular Disease and Chronic Kidney Disease Wave (Wave 10) is seeing early improvements, including some outstanding improvements in the risk assessment and register numbers measures.

Results of note include:

  • In the first 3 months of this Wave, the 59 participating general practices and health services completed 5,498 Absolute Risk Assessments for eligible patients.
  • 2,900 more patients with chronic kidney disease are recorded on participating general practice and health service registers. Absolute risk is used to identify an individual’s risk of a cardiovascular event occurring within a five-year period.

Click here to see the full results to month 3 of this Wave.

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June 17, 2014
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Doctors turning to quality improvement to better detect chronic kidney disease

With Kidney Health Week coming up on 25-31 May, it is a timely reminder that many patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) are unaware that they have this condition. It is estimated that 1.7 million adult Australians have CKD. However, in more than 80% of cases it remains undiagnosed. Because there are few symptoms in its early stages a person can lose 90% of their kidney function before any symptoms appear. It is also one of the few diseases with mortality rates that are worsening over time. Now one innovative Australian not-for-profit organisation is offering a solution.

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May 22, 2014
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Senator Fiona Nash Opening Speech at APCC Wave 10

Welcome to participants at the Australian Primary Care Collaboratives Program Cardiovascular and Chronic Kidney Disease workshop, 15 March 2014, Sydney.

Senator Fiona Nash, Senator for New South Wales, Assistant Minister for Health, Deputy Leader for the Nationals in the Senate.

Thank you for the very kind introduction and thank you very much for the opportunity to join you at the Australian Primary Care Collaborative Program workshop. I am delighted to be here this morning, representing the Prime Minister. And can I firstly just say to those of you who made the time to meet with me before we started the meeting this morning; I found it extremely useful and look forward to your ongoing association.

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April 28, 2014
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