Electronic information systems are becoming increasingly common in residential aged care in Australia. These systems contain valuable data generated during day-to-day care delivery for older adults. These data (termed ‘routinely collected residential aged care provider data’) are currently underutilised, however have potential significant benefits for both care delivery and research purposes. Routinely collected residential aged care provider data are more readily accessible, contain up-to-date information and can be linked to existing national or state-based administrative data sets, while providing more granular details about care delivered at the coalface. The aim of this paper is to provide clinicians, researchers, policymakers and providers with an understanding of the strengths of these types of data, as well as identifying areas that require future development to maximise their potential to drive improvements in resident care and outcomes. These considerations include data quality, data standardisation and models for data governance, consent and consumer involvement.
- delivery of health care
- information systems
- nursing homes
- quality of health care
- routinely collected health data