Health targets – 2013/14 quarter three – 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 remained at 94.3 percent this quarter, but increased by 0.3 percent compared with the same quarter last year. All DHBs achieved a performance of 90 percent or greater this quarter, the first time this has been achieved since the target began in July 2009. 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 117,319 elective surgical discharges provided, against a target of 112,245 discharges.  This is 5074 (5 percent) more than planned. Sixteen DHBs achieved their quarter three target.  Eight 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 three.  This is the same result as quarter two 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 January and March 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 third consecutive quarter, with the national result remaining at 91 percent.  Fourteen 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 71.6 percent, compared with 66.5 percent last quarter. Two DHBs have achieved the target and 12 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 95.3 percent, which is equal to the result for quarter two. Fifteen DHBs met the 95 percent target.

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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 three result for the More heart and diabetes checks target is 78.2 percent, an increase of 5.0 percent on last quarter’s result and a 19.3 percent improvement over the past year.  Although no DHB achieved the 90 percent target, every DHB increased their results and more than half of all DHBs achieved over 80 percent.

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