Page 3846 - Week 11 - Tuesday, 19 September 2017

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developing policies, procedures and processes to ensure that all documentation and administrative aspects of this review are robust and transparent.

Existing staff are continuing to be engaged and are taking the lead on delivering the review work packages. This approach ensures that existing staff are engaged and accountable and, most importantly, that the Health Directorate builds capacity and capability in this critical area of work. Recruitment has been completed for several management positions, including data warehouse management, reporting and analysis, workforce and costing. As I have advised previously, where necessary, subject matter experts are, and will continue to be, engaged to ensure that the right resources are available if a need is identified. Strategies will continue to establish capabilities in complex areas such as metadata and options for the new warehouse.

Madam Speaker, a key objective in all this work is to ensure that the ACT Health informatics strategy is robust, so the review panel has called for the root cause analysis to be finalised as soon as possible to enable emerging activities to be incorporated within the domain activities. I am pleased to report that this analysis is now close to completion. The agreed analysis approach includes prioritising the root cause analysis within the review program of works to ensure that the results are readily available early on to inform any system development work; assigning the analysis process to ACT Health’s quality, governance and risk division for management to ensure a level of peer review of the process; agreement of the core problem statement; and a recommendation from the external review panel that all recommendations identified from the root cause analysis are mapped to the packages of work being undertaken within the ACT Health informatics strategy to ensure that they are not lost, as has happened in the past.

In June 2017 ACT Health engaged an external auditor to conduct an independent assessment of the 175 data integrity recommendations that were provided over several years and establish a baseline status against each. A range of meetings with a range of staff within ACT Health and the hospitals have been held to determine the status of each recommendation. This work was achieved under pillar 5 and, importantly, the process of consolidating and categorising the recommendations was quality assured by the external auditor. This ensured that the recommendations were transparent and independent.

The independent assessment is to be conducted in a four-phase approach, with the first phase allowing for a baseline of the status of the recommendations to be established. The next three phases will occur in September and December of this year and March 2018, with an update of the progress made and validation of the effectiveness of implementation of the recommendations. A final report will be provided after the final assessment in March 2018. In my last statement on this matter to the Assembly, I advised that ACT Health had met with the Auditor-General to determine how best to report back to their office on these matters. This discussion is ongoing.

Before concluding today, I would like to sincerely thank members of the review panel for their comprehensive advice on how to improve reporting and access to health data. I would also particularly like to acknowledge the very hard work of staff in the

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