Benefits of interRAI Comprehensive Clinical Assessment
interRAI is a suite of assessment tools, developed by international experts, which has many benefits for New Zealanders.
Improving clinical decision making
The interRAI assessment process supports clinical decision making and care planning using evidence based practice guidelines. It indicates opportunities for improvement and highlights potential areas of decline.
The comprehensive approach and holistic view ensures that all relevant health and wellbeing information about a person can be gathered from one assessment process, rather than through a battery of individual tests.
A quality assessment process, followed by tailored care planning, provides better health outcomes for clients and reduced care costs for the health sector.
A standardised assessment tool
interRAI offers New Zealanders assurance that wherever you live, whatever care needs you have, you will receive a quality assessment that meets current best practice.
All interRAI tools share a common language referring to the same clinical concepts in the same way across instruments, making it easy to build on previous assessments, even if they were done through a different tool in the suite.
The national IT platform
All interRAI tools in New Zealand operate through a single national IT platform. This means that information only needs to be gathered once, and this information can then be used by clinicians many times across care settings, and from any location in New Zealand, ensuring continuity of care.
Having standardised tools on a national IT platform produces quality data which can be used in many different ways. The National interRAI Data Analysis and Reporting Centre analyses and reports aggregated data for use by healthcare professionals and policy makers to develop better health services and target resources according to need across the wider community.