Health targets – 2014/15 quarter 1 – results summary

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Shorter stays in emergency departments

Shorter Stays Health target result summary

The target: The target is 95% of patients will be admitted, discharged, or transferred from an Emergency Department (ED) within 6 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 department target decreased by 1.2% to 92.7%. This is a strong result given the traditional increase in acute presentations during the winter months and is the highest quarter one result since the target began.

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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 42,343 elective surgical discharges provided, against a year-to-date target of 40,223. This is 2120 (5%) more than planned.

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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 4 weeks for radiotherapy or chemotherapy. 6 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 1. This means that all patients who were ready-for-treatment received their radiotherapy or chemotherapy within 4 weeks. This is the last time the Shorter waits for cancer treatment results will be reported as a health target. From quarter 2 the new target is Faster cancer treatment.

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Increased immunisation

Increased immunisation health target results

The target: The national immunisation target is 95% of 8-month-olds have their primary course of immunisation at 6 weeks, 3 months and 5 months on time December 2014. This quarterly progress result includes children who turned 8-months between July to September 2014 and who were fully immunised at that stage. Find out more about this target.

Results summary: The national coverage result for infant immunisation at 8 months of age was 92.4%, an increase of 0.8% on quarter 4. This is against the revised target of 95%.

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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% of patients who smoke and are seen by a health practitioner in public hospitals, and 90% 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: National performance in the Better help for smokers to quit primary care target is 88.4%, a 2.6% increase compared with last quarter.

The Better help to smokers to quit hospital target was achieved for the seventh consecutive quarter with a result of 94.7%, a decrease of 1.0% on quarter 4.

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More heart and diabetes checks

More heat and diabetes checks health target results

The target: This target is 90% of the eligible population will have had their cardiovascular risk assessed in the last 5 years to be achieved by July 2015. Find out more about this target.

Results summary: The national quarter 1 result for the More heart and diabetes checks target is 85.7%, an increase of 1.3% on last quarter’s final result.

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