The use of data analytics to build an Australian context-sensitive health informatics framework for consumer-directed community aged care

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Abstract

The challenge of providing services that meet the growing needs of an ageing population is one confronted by communities across Australia and internationally. The aim of this study was to: a) undertake semi-structured interviews and focus groups across a sample of service and technical staff to identify the interconnection between communication, information, work practices and performance; and b) carry out a comprehensive review of existing data sources to identify the data linkages required to identify and monitor performance across different dimensions of the quality of aged care spectrum. The results from this study provided empirical evidence of the interconnection between communication, information, work practices and performance; and highlighted numerous potential data linkages which can be used to monitor performance across different dimensions of aged care. These included: the uptake and utilisation of community care services, community aged care client interactions and transitions (with hospitals and other health care providers), and quality of life measures (e.g., health and safety status, symptoms of depression and anxiety, social integration and mortality rates).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-14
Number of pages6
JournalStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
Volume241
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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Keywords

  • Data analytics
  • evaluation
  • health data science
  • organisational communications
  • socio-technical

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