Data & Reporting
The National interRAI Data Analysis and Reporting Centre
The National interRAI Data Analysis and Reporting Centre (the Centre) was formally established by the TAS in July 2015 with the aim of utilising national interRAI data to provide information that would assist health professionals, researchers and policy makers in the development of services to meet the needs of the community.
The Centre collects, analyses and interprets interRAI client information, which does not identify individuals but provides the ability to benchmark service providers and also detect areas of high health need or where there might be emerging incidences of a particular health issue, to inform policy and service development.
The Centre uses this information to produce automated accountability and benchmarking reports which are sent to DHBs via a secure channel. The Centre also released its first Annual Report 2014/15 in April 2016 to provide an overview of interRAI assessment data to a broad range of stakeholders in the aged care sector from a national perspective. Anyone can apply to access interRAI information.
Collected interRAI assessment data
The Centre sources interRAI assessment data from the National interRAI Software Service (the host service). The following interRAI assessment data is available from the Centre:
- Contact Assessment
- Home Care Assessment
- Long Term Care Facility (LTCF) Assessment
- Emergency Department Screener
Community Health Assessment data and Palliative Care Assessment data from the current pilot testing of this tool, is expected shortly.
The Centre holds all selected response data, outcome scales and clinical assessment protocols for every interRAI assessment that is completed in New Zealand.
Further development of the Centre
TAS intends to further develop the Centre and the suite of reports it can provide. The Centre is already offering interRAI reports that enable cross-DHB and national comparison (subject to data sharing agreements) for DHBs and the wider aged residential care sector. In 2016/17, the Centre will be looking at how it can provide automated benchmarking reports to aged residential care facilities, and to home and community health providers.
TAS will also consider how interRAI data could be linked with other health datasets to enable collaboration and great information sharing to inform policy.
Core elements of any future products would be that data is securely managed, treated with respect, and was intended to support strategic service development and planning that leads to improved outcomes for clients.