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Posted on 03 Nov 2021
Innovation and improvement

VAHI’s interactive Best Care report is set to be released before the end of the year on the VAHI Portal for authenticated users.

The Best Care report aims to identify patient episodes at risk of low value care and allow for comparison between peer health services. Low value care includes elective surgery procedures identified as having little or no benefit to patients based on current clinical evidence.

The report was developed in response to elective surgery reform driven by the COVID-19 pandemic, which identified a range of elective surgery procedures that should only be performed in Victorian public health services under certain circumstances.

A pilot of the report with 30 users from metro, regional and rural Victorian public health services was completed in September, with over 1500 visits to the interactive report during the pilot.

A survey of users provided positive feedback as well as several suggestions to further enhance the report. Much of the feedback has already been incorporated into the product that will launch soon and will also inform further product development.

The report has also been automated, meaning users will have access to up-to-date data each week after the Victorian Administrative Episode Dataset is updated.

We look forward to continuing to collaborate with report users to continuously develop the Best Care interactive report to ensure it meets the needs of Victorian health services.

For more information about Best Care guidance on elective surgery procedures identified that have little or no benefit to patients based on current clinical evidence, visit the Better Safer Care website.

For more information about the Best care interactive report, please contact Andrew Baker, Manager of Public Reporting, via andrew.baker@vahi.vic.gov.au.

Page last updated: 03 Nov 2021