A key objective of this Blueprint for Improvement is to enable patients, families and carers to have seamless journeys through the often complicated care systems required to meet their needs.
The collection of, access to and use of high quality, timely and transferrable data contributes to improvement in patient experiences and outcomes.
'Collecting and analysing data are central to the function of quality improvement in any health service' (Victorian Quality Council, 2008).
Healthcare data collected using standardised assessment tools and compared with benchmarks can have impacts not only on decisions about the care of individual patients, but also on outcomes at a population level.
Quality improvement initiatives at a service or jurisdiction level depend on understanding and using reliable data to solve 'the right problem in the right way … Data not only enables us to accurately identify problems, it also assists to prioritise quality improvement initiatives and enables objective assessment of whether change and improvement have indeed occurred.' (Victorian Quality Council, 2008).
NSW Health works collaboratively to develop data to allow increased local analysis and inform planning and service design.