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Posted on 03 Mar 2021

Data sharing, access and transparency were on the agenda at a recent roundtable discussion hosted by VAHI and the Victorian Healthcare Association (VHA). 

The event sought feedback from public health services on how to best accommodate meaningful, transparent and easy data sharing across the health sector, including between public and private health services, as recommended in the 2017 Targeting zero review. 

To open the event, VHA CEO Tony Symondson and VAHI CEO Dr Lance Emerson both reflected on the importance of data sharing and transparency in supporting quality and safety improvements in healthcare. 

A presentation led by Mary Manescu (Acting Executive Director, Health and System Performance Reporting at VAHI) provided an overview of the VAHI portal and how it is currently accommodating greater access to health data, as well as a preview of how the platform could facilitate data sharing in the near future. 

Throughout the presentation, attendees provided meaningful feedback on topics including data governance, potential measures for regular reporting between public and private health services, and some of the unique data and reporting challenges faced by each hospital peer group.

The event concluded with a lively conversation about future opportunities for data linkage to provide a more complete picture of patient journeys to public and private health services. 

This roundtable is an early step in our larger program of health sector (including private health services) consultation regarding this topic. We look forward to using the insights from health services representatives at this event and others in the future to inform our approach to data sharing across the health sector. 

A big thank you to the team at VHA for their collaboration in hosting the conversation, and to all the health service representatives for taking the time to contribute to these important discussions. 

Page last updated: 03 Mar 2021