The Health Quality & Safety Commission will begin publishing a Health Quality Measures Library on 1 July 2022. This is a centralised, easy-to-access information resource that provides data visualisations and narratives to support understanding and use of given measure.
While the goals of the reformed health system include improving equity in outcomes and experiences of care, knowing what specific measures can be used across the sector to support improvements in health care design and delivery can be difficult.
Users will be able to view data by ethnicity at a national level, along with current district health board and primary health organisation regions, and download data from the library.
Additional resources will include technical documents that describe how health system measures are defined, management documents outlining how a measure might be used for improvement, and case studies to inform future quality improvement projects.
The Ministry of Health’s suite of Health System Indicators, key contributory measures and six measure categories including Asthma, Diabetes, Gout, Antibiotic use, Opioids and Polypharmacy, will also be available.
The Commission is looking forward to working with participants from across the sector to continuously increase relevance of the library and associated resources to users. This will include quarterly updating of measure categories, key functions, and resources.