The eCollaborative: using a quality improvement collaborative to implement the National eHealth Record System in Australian primary care practices.
Bottom Line: The collaborative methodology was adapted for implementing innovation and proved useful for engaging with multiple small practices, facilitating low-risk testing of processes, sharing ideas among participants, development of clinical champions and development of resources to support wider use.Data quality was a key challenge for this innovation, and quality measures chosen require development.Patient participants were partners in improvement.
Affiliation: University of NSW, Fairfield, NSW, Australia The Improvement Foundation, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.Show MeSH
Mentions: Practice electronic health record data quality improvement measures are reported in Figs 2 and 3 and show little change. It is possible that the measures failed to capture the improvement that did occur. This is supported by the observation that there was a considerable increase in the absolute numbers of current scripts and coded diagnoses, suggesting that work was done and improvements were made. The development of useful, validated data quality improvement measures for Australian general practice is a need demonstrated by this project.Figure 2
Affiliation: University of NSW, Fairfield, NSW, Australia The Improvement Foundation, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.