The Victorian Government today announced it was integrating the Victorian Agency for Health Information (VAHI) into the new Department of Health from 1 February 2021.
This move will integrate health data, analytics and reporting into a single division to improve care for Victorian consumers. It will bring together a critical mass of expertise and enable VAHI to support and inform the new department’s ambitious system reform agenda.
VAHI analyses and shares quality and safety information across Victoria’s healthcare system. This information ensures health professionals and community members alike can see how the health system is performing and where there are opportunities for quality and safety improvements.
The consolidated team of health data experts at the Department of Health will use advanced data to inform improved patient outcomes and better population health. It will also link disparate data in new and informative ways.
The new division will be responsible for the seamless integration of data collection, management, analytics and reporting. All VAHI staff will transfer to the Department of Health as part of the broader Machinery of Government changes in health and human services.
VAHI will work closely with health service boards and leaders, clinicians, researchers, other government agencies and consumers, as well as Safer Care Victoria.
The division will continue to be active at a national level, to advocate for initiatives focused on improving health quality and safety in Victoria.
VAHI was established in 2017 as an Administrative Office in relation to the Department of Health and Human Services. It was a specific response to a recommendation of the Duckett Review. As at November 2020, VAHI had achieved 22 of the 29 data related recommendations of the Duckett review, with the remaining on track or experiencing minor delays due to COVID.
VAHI strives for better and safer care and a world-leading healthcare system for Victoria.
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