Health targets - 2013/14 quarter four - results summary

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Shorter stays in emergency departments

Shorter Stays Health target result summary

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 to 93.9 percent, a 0.4 percent drop compared to quarter three, but a 0.4 percent increase on quarter four last year. Eleven DHBs met the target.

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Improved access to elective surgery

Elective surgery health targets result table

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 161,933 elective surgical discharges provided, against a target of 152,287 discharges. This is 9646 (6 percent) more than planned.  All DHBs met the elective surgery target. Twelve of these are 5 percent or more ahead of their target.

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Shorter waits for cancer treatment

Shorter waits for cancer treatment health target results

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: All DHBs achieved the Shorter waits for cancer treatment health target in quarter four.  This is the same result as quarter three when all patients who were ready-for-treatment received their radiotherapy or chemotherapy within four weeks.

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Increased immunisation

Increased immunisation health target results

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

Results summary: The Increased immunisation target was achieved for the fourth consecutive quarter, with the national result increasing to 92 percent, an increase of 0.2 percent on quarter three.   Fifteen DHBs met the July 2014 target with at least 90 percent of eight-month-olds fully immunised. 

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Better help for smokers to quit

Better help for smokers to quit health target results

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: Results for the Better help for smokers to quit primary care target shows national performance has increased to 85.8 percent, an increase of 14.2 percent on last quarter’s result and a 28.9 percent improvement over the past year.  Six DHBs have achieved the target, five more are achieving over 80 percent and 16 DHBs have made significant improvements of 1 percent or more.

The Better help to smokers to quit hospital target was achieved for the sixth consecutive quarter with a result of 95.7 percent, an increase of 0.3 percent on quarter three. Seven DHBs significantly improved their performance during quarter four and 15 DHBs met the 95 percent target.

* Waitemata DHB’s result is 101 percent as, in addition to offering advice in primary care settings, they contacted patients who had not recently attended their general practice to offer them brief advice and support to quit smoking.

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More heart and diabetes checks

More heat and diabetes checks health target results

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 by July 2014. Find out more about this target.

Results summary: The national quarter four result for the More heart and diabetes checks target is 84.4 percent, an increase of 6.2 percent on last quarter’s final result and a 17.4 percent improvement over the past year. Four DHBs achieved the 90 percent target this quarter. Every DHB increased their result by at least 3 percent, and more than half of all DHBs achieved over 80 percent.

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