Are you interested in improving the quality of data that is collected in primary health care?

APNA is excited to be part of a project with the CSIRO on this topic and we would value your input. 

Full information about this project can be found here.

If this is of interest to you, we would love to hear your thoughts on the following five questions. We will pass this information on to APNA’s representative for this project, so that they are well briefed about what matters to primary health care nurses on this topic:

Please consider the following questions with respect to these commonly used data items:

  • Reason for encounter / reason for visit
  • Condition list / problem history
  • Prescriptions
  • Current medication list
  • Adverse reactions

1) How do you currently record information against these data items in your clinical software?  Do you search and select the structured data items or do you free text?  If you free text, why?

2) Are there missing data items that would better allow you to enter structured information?

3) Are there any foreseeable issues for capturing this data?

And two more questions….

The project is focused on two “priority use cases—”practice-to-practice record transfer AND continuity of care (primary to acute to primary care)
Looking at the above data items, is there any additional core information that is missing that would support these two priority use cases:

4) That you would need to share with another clinician in a practice-to-practice record transfer?

5) That you would need to support transfer of care?

Please send your thoughts on any or all of these questions to and this will be shared with APNA’s representative on this project, to feed into the next meeting for this project on 6th February 2019

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