General Practice Quality Data Program
Data collected as part of the program can help guide general practices in planning, implementing and monitoring business and clinical system initiatives which can lead to improved health outcomes for your patients.
Electronic data from general practice offers unique opportunities to plan and monitor health services, measure the quality of care provided by general practice, and undertake population-based research. Primary care data is of enormous value in helping practitioners to do simple things well for many people.
NQPHN provides all general practices within the NQPHN footprint with free access to the CAT Plus Suite of clinical audit tools:
- PATCAT – www.pencs.com.au/products/pat-cat
- Topbar – pencs.com.au/products/topbar
What is the PCS Clinical Audit Tool?
The PCS Clinical Audit Tool (PenCAT or CAT) is a piece of software that analyses data within your practice’s clinical software. The data is presented in tabular and graphical formats in order to allow you to easily understand trends within your practice.
The data can be used to:
- build registers of patients, and support practice recall and reminder registers
- investigate and identify population health issues that are specific to your own practice
- quickly and easily identify patients who are not meeting clinical targets
- identify key health outcome measures for an individual patient
- identify eHealth data quality CDSA indicators
- support PIP and SIP for diabetes and cervical screening
- identify income potential in areas of chronic disease management
- provide evidence to support quality improvement initiatives as part of accreditation.
How does it work?
A Practice Support Officer will facilitate the installation of the PCS Clinical Audit Tool onto your practice’s computer system. The tool can extract data directly from your clinical software.
The tool is compatible with:
- Medical Director 2
- Medical Director 3
- Best Practice
- Best Practice Management (billing)
- Pracsoft 3 (billing).
Utilising De-identified Clinical Data
NQPHN resources all general practices in the PHN footprint with access to PAT CAT. PAT CAT imports the practice’s de-identified Classic CAT patient data files and aggregates the data, views graphs, and creates reports for practices and for local population health planning across their region.
What’s in it for general practice?
Health data, especially primary care data can be utilised in many significant ways:
- Needs assessment and health service planning
- Funding allocation/applications (i.e. General Infrastructure Grants)
- Accreditation requirements (RACGP Fourth Standard for General Practice 3.1.1)
- Regulation, accountability and performance management
- Clinical governance and quality improvement
- Monitoring health inequalities
- Monitoring healthcare use (MBS Items)
- Monitoring death rates among patients of general practitioners
- Prescribing policy and pricing
- Resource allocation, risk identification and management
- Financial remuneration.
What does data do for general practice?
- Improves patient care within the consultation
- Identifies patient groups that may benefit from health promotion and preventive medicine
- Improves communication and patient follow up
- Improves staff morale
- Improves chronic disease management
- Enhances the practice’s organisation
- Supports clinical practice.
How else does general practice contribute to the big picture?
De-identified clinical data contributes to the wider population health data warehouse to improve the funding and provision of regional and rural services, equity of services and support distribution, as well as increasing the knowledge-base of the current health care burden and need for specific locations.