We’re pleased to update you on the rollout of the new VHIMS Central incident reporting system, which has now been implemented in 20% of eligible public and community health services. This month, the VAHI team are conducting training with a further 16 health services.
VHIMS Central replaces the existing Victorian Health Incident Management System (VHIMS) arrangements for, predominantly, small Victorian public and community health services. VHIMS collects data on incidents, near misses and hazards reported across Victorian public health services. It collects data on clinical and occupational health and safety incidents, as well as feedback (complaints, compliments and suggestions).
Feedback on both the training and the system has been consistently positive, with many public and community health service staff commenting that the new reporting system will be much easier to use.
All remaining eligible public and community health services are on track to have VHIMS Central live by 30 June 2019.
Broader VHIMS arrangements
VAHI is working with the Department of Health and Human Services and health services to establish a panel of suppliers for Victorian public health services not covered by the new VHIMS Central system.
Once the panel is established, Victorian public health services will be able to access suppliers to help them implement a system within their service (including VHIMS Central if they wish) that will allow them to submit the minimum dataset required to enable statewide reporting. Alternatively, Victorian public health services may wish to continue with their existing supplier.
Once the tender process is complete, all Victorian public health services will be required to collect and submit a VHIMS minimum dataset to VAHI. The proposed VHIMS minimum dataset will be finalised soon.
VHIMS statewide reporting
Since July 2017, Victorian public health services have been contributing quarterly data extracts as part of interim reporting arrangements. Data from 2017–18 is currently being analysed by VAHI to support the first VHIMS statewide report, scheduled for release in the first half of 2019. Look out for updates on the statewide report in the coming months.
For more information, please contact Paula Wilton, Director, Clinical Analytics and Outcomes Research, via email@example.com