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Posted on 09 Dec 2020

In December, VAHI will release its first Hospital-acquired complications in Victorian public health services report. This new quarterly report for health services includes a statewide and health service level overview of hospital-acquired complications (HAC) results – most of them risk-adjusted, with visualisations designed to support both benchmarking between peers and local improvement initiatives. Guidance from Safer Care Victoria on how to best use the data is included in this inaugural edition. 

Each public health service will receive an individualised report with comparative results to relevant peer groups, including trends and outlier results. The report provides meaningful and actionable information to assist health services to understand and reduce unwarranted variation in patient outcomes. As such, the report responds to recommendations from Targeting zero, the review of hospital safety and quality assurance in Victoria. 

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While the visualisations have been aligned with our presentation of other quality and safety measures in Monitor and PRISM, the data presented in the report is based on the national list of 15 reportable HACs (version 2.0) developed by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. Key measures are risk-adjusted using the model developed by the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority to support the national funding for public hospitals.

The report development process was informed by expert advice from VAHI’s Clinical Measurement and Reporting Committee (CMRC), which recommended aligning with national specifications to improve comparability of HACs reporting. The CMRC includes representation from health service executives and senior clinicians, as well as Safer Care Victoria and the Department of Health and Human Services. 

The HACs report will be available for health services to download via the VAHI portal. Work is underway to build enhanced interactive reporting of HACs within the portal. We anticipate the fully interactive report to be available in 2021. Opportunities to extend HAC reporting in other VAHI products including the private hospitals report are also being explored.

For more information about this report, please contact Alison Bidie, Manager of Clinical Measurement and Reporting via alison.bidie@vahi.vic.gov.au.

Page last updated: 09 Dec 2020