VAHI is pleased to announce a major milestone in relation to clinical quality registries (CQRs) in Victoria with the signing of contracts across a range of specialist areas.
VAHI has signed 3-year contracts with the Victorian Cardiac Outcomes registry, the Australian Stroke Clinical Registry, the Australian & New Zealand Society of Cardiac & Thoracic Surgeons national database and the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society registry. One-year contracts have been signed by the University of Wollongong for the Electronic Persistent Pain Outcomes Collaborative and the Australian Rehabilitation Outcomes Centre databases. VAHI anticipates signing the Victorian State Trauma Registry in the coming month.
In confirming these arrangements, VAHI will increase the value gained from CQRs across Victoria. The new contracts require CQRs to provide regular reports to Safer Care Victoria and health service CEOs, as well as registry data to VAHI for the purpose of developing quality and safety measures.
CQRs funded by VAHI are also required to provide quarterly reports detailing hospital process level benchmarked data. In addition, each CQR has a specific escalation process for when practice falls outside an agreed threshold.
Overall, the new arrangements will mean greater information sharing across the health system, consistent with VAHI’s broader agenda.
What are clinical quality registries?
Clinical quality registries (CQRs) collect data, including clinical outcomes and process measures, for specific clinical conditions. The data is risk-adjusted and provided back to contributing clinicians, who benchmark their performance against their peers. This ‘feedback loop’ is important in informing improvements in health care quality and value.
CQRs do not operate in isolation, but rather have a key role in supporting improvement in the health system. The highly specific and credible information they collect and feed back to clinicians enables peer-led review of practice against evidence-based standards. This can drive improvements in the quality of patient care and clinical outcomes.
VAHI will progress the CQR strategy in Victoria in the coming months, with our priorities to:
- provide feedback to the Commonwealth on the National Clinical Registries Strategy.
- improve governance arrangements by completing a privacy impact assessment and develop a data sharing protocol so that registry data collected by VAHI can be reported in VAHI reports
- work with registries approaching contract expiry dates next financial year to include in standardised contractual arrangements
- work with registries to advance registry efficiencies and support the usability of clinical unit level reports.
If you have any questions or require further information, please contact Paulette Kelly, Manager, Clinical Registries, Network Support & Analytics, firstname.lastname@example.org.