National Safety and Quality Health Service Accreditation dataset development

Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, 2016.

In 2013, the Australian Health Service Safety and Quality Accreditation (AHSSQA) Scheme was introduced and provides the national coordination of accreditation processes. To meet the requirements under the AHSSQA Scheme, the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) is required to report to Health Ministers on the implementation of the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards. This information is provided by accrediting agencies to the Commission. The Commission reports accreditation data publicly through reports and publications.

Accreditation to Version 2 of the NSQHS Standards was due to commence in 2018-19. To ensure data consistency, quality and effective collation of sensitive information relating to its Australian Health Service Safety and Quality Accreditation (AHSSQA) Scheme, the Commission initiated a consultancy to advise on an improved data collection method to capture, collate and report assessment results. 

Health Policy Analysis undertook this work, which initially involved an assessment of the risks of the Commission’s current processes and management of accreditation information, followed by the development of a solution, which included as part of the package a data set specification (DSS) listing and standardising the data elements required to manage the assessment process. A plan for implementing the recommendations of the review and the data set specification was also outlined.