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First Private Hospital Quality and Safety Report Released for Hospitals in Victoria

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The Victorian Agency for Health Information (VAHI) released Victoria’s first report on quality and safety in private hospitals to the states’ private hospitals.  The report contains quality and safety information across four areas: maternity and newborn care,
unplanned readmissions, hospital acquired complications (HACs) and mortality.

VAHI has linked data to ensure that unplanned readmission measures in the report capture readmission to any Victorian hospital (i.e. to the same hospital, another private hospital or a public hospital). Currently, VAHI’s public health service reports only capture readmissions to the same hospital. VAHI plans to introduce the readmission to any Victorian hospital measure into their reporting for public hospitals in the 2019–20 financial year.

The new private hospital report includes information on reporting of sentinel events to Safer Care Victoria, which became mandatory for Victorian private hospitals on 1 July 2018. It also provides information to support preparations for healthcare-associated infections, which private hospitals will need to report from 1 July 2019.

The new report was developed by VAHI in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services Private Hospitals Unit, Safer Care Victoria, and representatives of the private hospital sector via VAHI’s Private Hospital Report Advisory Committee.  The report was distributed to private hospital CEOs, and Directors of Medicine and Nursing and is not available to the general public.   Performance data for Victoria’s public hospitals is currently published on the Victorian Health Services Performance Data Website.

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