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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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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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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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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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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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My eRecord helps make life easier for Queenslanders with a disability

In an Australian first, eight specialist disability service providers are working together to help improve the quality of life for over 20,000 people living with a disability.

Throughout their lifetime, those with a disability often need to visit a number of support and service providers, and keeping health and personal records up to date with multiple providers is a challenge.

A new electronic system, ‘My eRecord’, aims to gather these records in one place. People can then choose to share this information with their health care professionals, carers and service providers.

This new and important initiative, established through a collaborative between by Endeavour Foundation, Multicap, Cerebral Palsy League, Life Without Barriers, Centacare, Uniting Care Community, FSG Australia and Spinal Injuries Australia  aims to help people living with a disability register with ‘My eRecord’.

‘Using My eRecord helps people with disabilities keep important health and social information about themselves in one place;  they can then decide who to share it with and when,’ Jo Jessop, CEO Multicap.

The Improvement Foundation (IF) has already worked with hundreds of primary health care providers to prepare their organisations to use electronic health records. Based on the success of this work, IF will support the eight organisations to upskill their teams and adapt work practices that support the set-up and use of eRecords for people with a disability.

March 31, 2014
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Improvement Foundation announces extension to APCC Program

“The Improvement Foundation (IF) is pleased to announce that the Australian Primary Care Collaboratives (APCC) Program has been extended until 30 June 2012. The implementation of the Program will take shape in a number of ways – all of which continue to focus on developing and delivering quality improvement programs that support the delivery of measureable, systematic and sustainable improvements to primary health care systems and patient care, in line with IF’s core objectives. IF will be working with Medicare Locals and Divisions of General Practice in the following ways…” (more…)

October 07, 2011
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Web based reporting tool for Aboriginal health services

The Improvement Foundation and OBS are proud to announce they will be implementing a project to develop a web based reporting tool (web portal) for the Department of Health and Ageing’s Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (OATSIH). When operational, the web portal will enable a single, fast, reliable, and efficient transmission of service data, and streamlined reporting from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services to the Department. It will replace the separate web-based and paper-based processes currently used to collect service activity and program performance data. (more…)

July 19, 2010
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New Topics for APCC

Improvement Foundation Australia to introduce new topics for Australia Primary Care Collaboratives Program

More people with chronic diseases will benefit from the introduction of two new topics for the Australian Primary Care Collaboratives Program. The new topics, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Lifestyle and Risk Modification (including Chronic Disease Self-Management) will be introduced to more than 90 General Practices through a national APCC Program wave beginning later this year.

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June 25, 2009
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