The Heart Failure Toolkit - A targeted approach to reducing heart failure readmissions

The Heart Failure Toolkit - A targeted approach to reducing heart failure readmissions

The Heart Failure Toolkit – A targeted approach to reducing heart failure readmissions

In 2014, the Victorian Government, through the Health Innovation and Reform Council (HIRC) undertook a review of health service readmission data as it relates to heart failure. The analysis showed a disparity amongst health service providers with 30 day readmission rates ranging from 13 to 33% across the state of Victoria.

In response, the Department funded a project titled Reducing Heart failure readmissions, which was initiated in late 2014 and led by the Heart Foundation – Victoria. Over the following 12 months, an extensive consultation process was undertaken and mediated by the Heart Foundation. The findings from this process have now been distilled into the Heart Failure Toolkit.

The Toolkit provides health services with a targeted approach to addressing readmission rates and decreasing variation in care. Three pillars of heart failure optimisation and a framework displaying these pillars in action, provide the basis for heart failure clinical process redesign. The essential role of using performance data to drive quality improvement provides a solid foundation on which these pillars rest to ensure opportunities exist for benchmarking and ongoing quality improvement.

Central to its design, and the first of its type here in Victoria, we introduce the International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement (ICHOM) standard outcomes set for patients with heart failure. A series of measures designed to facilitate and deliver value-based care which is gaining worldwide interest and support.

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For further information please email cvhvic@heartfoundation.org.au

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