Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Closing the Gap dashboard to help indigenous health outcomes

The Improvement Foundation (IF) has added a new Closing the Gap dashboard to its online quality improvement portal qiConnect .

The new dashboard, combined with IF's Closing the Gap: Measure and Act initiative, is available for free to general practice users.

The dashboard enables GPs to see at a glance how many of their patient population are recorded as identifying as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander as well as a range of other data relating to the patient group.

This data includes the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients who have had a health assessment in the last 12 months, how many have a diagnosis of diabetes recorded, and how many with diabetes have had a blood sugar result recorded in the past 12 months.

GPs can also see a comparison to the practice's non-indigenous data, and to a national average achieved through the other practices participating in IF's qiCommunity.

The idea is to identify where services can be improved for indigenous patients using established and reliable measures developed through IF's Australian Primary Care Collaboratives program, which is focused on diabetes and health checks.

The dashboard supports IF's Closing the Gap: Measure and Act initiative which is aimed at helping general practices to better respond to specific Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health issues.

The initiative is open to any general practice or Aboriginal community controlled health organisation.

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