Data Driven Quality Improvement – the Australian Perspective Seminar

Time: 14.30pm

Venue: The Congregation, Vaughan House

Speaker: Dr Jo-Anne Manski-Nankervis is a clinically active academic general practitioner (GP) at the Department of General Practice, Melbourne Medical School. She leads research into the development and implementation of technology to inform decision making in general-practice, and the use of data to describe and improve general-practice activity, with a focus on chronic disease management and antimicrobial stewardship. She has developed a simulation laboratory which is been used to co-design and pilot tools for use in the general practice setting, and co-produces technology with health professionals and consumers.

Synopsis: Data has long been a driver of quality improvement in general practice, but evolving technology and use of electronic medical records offers exciting opportunities to optimize quality improvement strategies. In this talk, Jo-Anne will summarise current programs in Australia which utilise data to provide feedback to practices, as well as the current policy context in which this is occurring. She will describe two current programs being developed by the Department of General Practice: Future Health Today (a quality improvement platform for chronic disease in general practice) and Guidance GP (a suite of quality improvement tools to optimize the appropriate use of antibiotics in general practice), and how GPs are being engaged in the design of these programs to ensure that they are user-focused. Finally, she will introduce the Patron dataset, and discuss how repositories of general practice data can be used to evaluate quality improvement activities, and some of the key consent and governance considerations in the Australian context.