Health targets – 2012/13 quarter four – results summary

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Note: Health target results are sourced from individual DHB reports, national collections systems and information provided by primary care organisations.

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Shorter stays in emergency departments

The target: The target is 95 percent of patients will be admitted, discharged, or transferred from an Emergency Department (ED) within six hours. The target is a measure of the efficiency of flow of acute (urgent) patients through public hospitals, and home again. From next quarter, some level two emergency department facilities will be included in the target. Find out more about this target.

Results summary: National performance in the Shorter stays in emergency departments target decreased by 0.5 percent to 93.49 percent this quarter.  This is also a 0.3 percent decrease on the same period last year. Twelve DHBs achieved the target for quarter four 2012/13, compared to 11 in quarter three and nine in quarter two 2012/13.

Results by DHB: (How to read the graphs)
Shorter Stays Health target result summary. The health target was 95%. Elective surgery icon

Improved access to elective surgery

The target: The target is an increase in the volume of elective surgery by at least 4000 discharges per year. Find out more about this target.

Results summary: The national Improved access to elective surgery target has been achieved, with 158,482 elective surgical discharges provided, against a target of 148,259 discharges.  This is 10,223 (7 percent) more than planned. All 20 DHBs achieved their quarter four target.

Results by DHB: (How to read the graphs)
Elective surgery health targets result table. The health target was 100%.

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Shorter waits for cancer treatment

The target: The target is all patients, ready-for-treatment, wait less than four weeks for radiotherapy or chemotherapy. Six regional cancer centre DHBs provide radiation oncology services. These centres are in Auckland, Hamilton, Palmerston North, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. Medical oncology services are provided by the majority of DHBs.

Results summary: Nationally, 100 percent of patients, who were ready-for-treatment, received their radiotherapy or chemotherapy within four weeks of the decision to treat. 

All DHBs achieved the Shorter waits for cancer target for quarter four 2012/13.  This continues the strong performance since the chemotherapy wait times were included in the cancer target for the first time in quarter one 2012/13.

Post-publication footnote: Two patients, who were ready-for-treatment, waited four weeks and one day for radiotherapy during quarter four 2012/13.  This result differs from that published in August 2013, due to late identification of an administrative error.

Results by DHB: (How to read the graphs)
Shorter waits for cancer treatment health target results. The health target was 100%. All DHBs met the health target.

 

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Increased immunisation

The target: The national immunisation target is 85 percent of eight-month-olds have their primary course of immunisation at six weeks, three months and five months on time by July 2013, 90 percent by July 2014 and 95 percent by December 2014. This quarterly progress result includes children who turned eight-months between April and June 2013 and who were fully immunised at that stage. Find out more about this target.

Results summary: The Increased immunisation health target has been achieved.  The eight-month national immunisation coverage for the fourth quarter is 90 percent, an increase of 1.2 percent on quarter three and 5 percent above the target for July 2013. During quarter four 18 DHBs have achieved the target.

Results by DHB: (How to read the graphs)
Increased immunisation health target results. The health target was 85%.

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Better help for smokers to quit

The target: The target is 95 percent of patients who smoke and are seen by a health practitioner in public hospitals, and 90 percent of patients who smoke and are seen by a health practitioner in primary care, are offered brief advice and support to quit smoking. Find out more about this target.

Results summary: The hospital component of the Better help for smokers to quit target was 95.8 percent with 18 DHBs achieving the target.  National performance for the primary care target was 56.9 percent. Although this result is still well below the 90 percent target, it represents a significant increase of 17 percent since quarter one 2012/13.

 

Results by DHB: (How to read the graphs)
Better help for smokers to quit health target results. The health target for hospitals is 95%.

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More heart and diabetes checks

The target: This target is 90 percent of the eligible population will have had their cardiovascular risk assessed in the last five years to be achieved in stages by July 2014. The current stage is to achieve 75 percent by July 2013. Find out more about this target.

Results summary: The More heart and diabetes checks target reached 67 percent this quarter, an improvement of 8.2 percent compared with quarter three and an 18.3 percent improvement over the past year.  Four DHBs met the 75 percent target this quarter.

Results by DHB: (How to read the graphs)
More heart and diabetes checks health target results. The health target is 75%.

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