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New Online VAHI Tool Delivers New Ways to Monitor and Improve Planned Surgery Performance

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Health services will be better able to monitor planned surgery performance and have access to powerful new tools to compare and investigate their performance data, following the launch of the new Planned Surgery Monitoring Dashboard on the Victorian Agency for Health Information (VAHI) portal.

Developed as part of the Surgery Recovery and Reform (SRR) program, the dashboard provides far more flexibility and more detail about planned surgery data than was previously available to Victorian health services.

The SRR program is part of the government’s $1.5b investment to support system recovery and to embed sustainable system reform following significant disruptions to planned surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Key features of the dashboard include interactive tools that enable users to deep dive into surgical wait lists and activity to explore how well hospitals are meeting patient needs and to compare their performance with peer hospitals in a more interactive way than was previously available.

The dashboard also enables health services with operating theatres to more actively manage their data needs, reducing their reliance on VAHI to interpret and use their data. Previously, these health services would have to lodge a request via VAHI’s data request hub to access specific data if they wanted to compare their own data with other health services.

Another unique function of the dashboard is the ability to share data outputs directly with other authenticated users via the share function, further facilitating engagement and interaction within and across health services.

Data available through the dashboard will be updated monthly, aligned with other VAHI reporting products. Although much of the dashboard’s functionality is new, the underlying data is consistent with other key VAHI reports, so users can access the dashboard with the confidence that it will match their Monitor results.

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