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On Friday 29 June, VAHI co-hosted a one-day forum to discuss the development, reporting and uptake of measures of mortality. The forum was funded through an innovation challenge run by the Department of Health and Human Services (the Department). In response to the challenge, a Department staff member submitted an award-winning idea to further the health system’s work to measure and monitor hospital deaths through the developing a 30-day mortality indicator following hospitalisations.

Guest speakers at the forum included interstate expert representatives from the Bureau of Health Information (NSW), the Agency of Clinical Innovation (NSW) and the Australian Commission for Quality and Safety in Health Care. Safer Care Victoria and the Department were represented as well.

The discussions on the day covered a wide variety of topics of significant interest in Victoria including the hospital standardised mortality ratio (HSMR), deaths in low mortality diagnosis related groups (DRGs) and in-hospital mortality for heart attack, stroke, hip fracture and pneumonia. We learned about how these measures were developed by the Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Health Care and their inherent strengths and limitations.

mortality measuresKira Leeb, VAHI's Executive Director, Health and System Performance, said, 'The forum provided an opportunity for some of the experts in this field to get together for meaningful and productive discussions of mortality measures. This kind of knowledge sharing is invaluable as we develop the measures and improve their reporting, so we hope for more opportunities like this in the future.'

VAHI will use the momentum generated by the discussion to continue work on rethinking and refining our suite of mortality measures into our new reporting program for 2018–19 and beyond.

Page last updated: 04 Jul 2018

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