Safety and Quality > Our Work > Information Strategy

The Information Strategy is designed to address the Commission’s responsibility to:

  • Report on the state of safety and quality in health care
  • Lead and coordinate in the development and dissemination of data standards for safety and quality
  • Actively engage in the e-health agenda to optimise secondary uses of health information to improve safety and quality in health care.

In addition, the Information Strategy provides health information systems and indicator development support for other Commission programs.

Indicators of safety and quality

The Commission has identified six principal domains for developing meaningful patient safety and quality national datasets in Australia.

Health information standards

The Commission’s role includes recommending national data sets for safety and quality. Health Information Standards for safety and quality include dataset and indicator specifications, and e-health standards.

National arrangements for Clinical Quality Registries

The purpose of clinical quality registries is to improve the quality of health care by routinely gathering, analysing and making widely available information about the care provided to patients and how well that care is being provided.

Admitted Patient Data

Admitted patient data can be used to monitor indicators of safety and quality and to investigate and improve the safety of healthcare organisations.

Watch our animation on the medical record and data-driven healthcare, to find out how clinical documentation can impact upon patient data collections.

Communiqué: Roundtable on measuring monitoring and reporting hospital safety (PDF 51KB,) (Word 874KB)

Data Governance Framework and data management policies

The Commission’s Data Governance Framework specifies the obligations of the Commission with regard to data acquisition, maintenance, sharing/permissions, reporting and publication. The Data Governance Framework was developed in accordance with legislative requirements and formal agreements.

Data Plan 2016-19

The Commission’s Data Plan 2016-2019  (to supersede the Information Plan 2014–17) supports the Commission’s Work plan 2016–19 and articulates its data functions

Data Plan 2016-2019 (PDF 151KB) (Word 235KB)