Health targets – 2012/13 quarter one – results summary

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Shorter Stays Health target result summary

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. Find out more about this target.

Results summary: National performance in the Shorter stays in emergency departments target decreased by 2.2 percent to 91.5 percent this quarter. This is consistent with quarter one results from the last two years and reflects increased pressure on services over the winter months. Results for the winter months have been improving year on year. The current quarter one result is a 1.6 percent increase on the result for the same period last year.  This means 5000 more people had an ED length of stay six hours or less in quarter one 2012/13 compared with quarter one 2011/12.

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Elective surgery health targets result table

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. DHBs planned to deliver 38,097 discharges for the year to date, and have delivered 2002 more. Find out more about this target.

Results summary: The Improved access to elective surgery target has been achieved this quarter with 40,099 elective surgical discharges provided, against a target of 38,097 discharges. This is 2002 (5 percent) more than planned. 

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Shorter waits for cancer treatment health target results

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 and chemotherapy within four weeks of the decision to treat. This is an excellent result given that chemotherapy wait times were included in the Shorter waits for cancer treatment target for the first time in this quarter.

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1  No change from previous quarter is displayed because the target has changed.

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Increased immunisation health target results

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. This quarterly progress result includes children who turned eight months between July and September 2012 and who were fully immunised at that stage. Find out more about this target.

Results summary: Eight-month national immunisation coverage is 87.1 percent and thirteen DHBs achieved the target this quarter.  This is an excellent start for the new Increased immunisation target which is to achieve coverage of 85 percent by June 2013.

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1  No change from previous quarter is displayed because the target has changed.

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Better help for smokers to quit health target results

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: There was a small increase in performance for the Better help for smokers to quit hospital target, with results improving by 0.1 percent to 93.7 percent, and nine DHBs achieved the target.  Performance for the primary care target was 39.5 percent. Although no DHBs met primary care the target, 16 DHBs improved their performance.

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2  No change from previous quarter is displayed because this is the first time primary care data is included alongside hospital data.

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More heat and diabetes checks health target results

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 national quarter one result for the More heart and diabetes check target is 52.2 percent, an increase of 3.4 percent on last quarter. Eighteen DHBs have improved their performance, but no DHBs have yet met the target of 75 percent.

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