System-wide review as ACT health data ‘continues to be a concern’

A SYSTEM-WIDE review of the ACT Health data and reporting processes will be undertaken to ensure data management is accurate. 

Minister for Health Meegan Fitzharris says the delivery of quality health services to the Canberra community was the ACT government’s number one priority but the accuracy of data continues to be a concern and must be resolved.

Fitzharris emphasises the data reporting issues are administrative in nature and do not affect the quality of the health services.

“The ACT Government has been open with the community about these issues, and as previously advised, ACT Health has been in the process of reviewing its data governance and protocols to ensure its robustness, integrity and accuracy, as it should,” Fitzharris says.

“Unfortunately ACT Health has continued to identify issues with its data and reporting. This is disappointing, and has meant ACT Health have been unable to meet certain data reporting deadlines.

“This review will investigate the extent of the problems and review ACT Health’s governance and protocols in relation to the management of its data. This is a complex issue, and we must ensure that ACT Health resolves its data management issues for all future reporting and corrects any issues with past data.

“Our community expects a high quality health system, but it also expects that we have the right data and reporting processes in place to help monitor and track our performance.”

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