When starting a quality improvement activity, it is sometimes difficult to pin point where to begin. By using data extraction tools, it can help your team understand the problem, think laterally and make decisions. Data extraction tools are designed to make analysis of your data as simple and as easy as possible. It lets you look for sources of revenue, build and maintain disease registers and even highlight coding errors. These tools are essential for helping your practice profitability and your patient care. We issue general practices with Pencat Clinical Audit Tool (PenCAT or CATPlus Topbar) which is a piece of software that analyses data within your practice’s clinical software.
The data can be used to:
- Build registers of patients, support practice recall and reminder registers
- Investigate and identify population health issues that are specific to your own practice
- Quickly and easily identify patients who are not meeting clinical targets
- Identify key health outcome measures for an individual patient
- Identify eHealth data quality PDSA indicators
- Support PIP QI and other Quality Improvement programs
- Identify income potential in areas of chronic disease management
- Provide evidence to support quality improvement initiatives as part of Accreditation
CatPlus can assist your practice to meet its full potential by:
- Understanding objective patterns and trends to improve chronic disease management
- Identify improvement areas: performance gaps, safety issues
- Support financial opportunities -PIP QI
- Allow for benchmarking
- Providing motivation for staff
Security of patient data
PenCAT is controlled by the practice, at no point does any identifiable patient data leave your practice. The data extraction tool deidentifies your data at your practice and sends the encrypted data securely to us. It does not upload any of your financial information. Privacy is our top priority. Depending on which extraction tool you use and how it is set up, your data may be uploaded automatically.
Secondary use of general practice data
In healthcare, the primary use of data collected to treat a patient is to provide the patient with the care they need. Secondary use of data is when this data is used outside of the general practice setting, for purposes other than which it was originally collected.
The RACGP have developed new resources to help practices evaluate requests for data for secondary use, minimise risk, and comply with relevant legislation.
These resources are available via the RACGP website