Health targets – 2014/15 quarter 4 – results summary

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Shorter stays in emergency departments


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: The Shorter stays in emergency department health target has been achieved for the second quarter with a national result of 95.0%. Fourteen DHBs met the target.

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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 health target has been achieved with 167,104 elective surgical discharges provided, against a target of 156,490 for the 2014/15 year. This is 10,614 (6.8%) more than planned. All DHBs have achieved their full-year target. From quarter one 2015/16 the new revised target definition includes elective and arranged in-patient surgical discharges, regardless of whether they are discharged from a surgical or non-surgical specialty (excluding maternity).

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Faster cancer treatment


The target: The target is 85% of patients receive their first cancer treatment (or other management) within 62 days of being referred with a high suspicion of cancer and a need to be seen within 2 weeks by July 2016, increasing to 90% by June 2017. Results cover those patients who received their first cancer treatment between January and June 2015. Find out more about this target.

Results summary: This is the third quarter of public reporting of the new Faster cancer treatment health target results. Nationally, results increased by 0.2% compared with the previous quarter to 67.6%. No DHBs have yet met the 85% target.

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Increased immunisation


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. This quarterly progress result includes children who turned 8-months between April to June 2015 and who were fully immunised at that stage. Find out more about this target.

Results summary: The national coverage result for infant immunisation at eight-months of age was 92.9%. This is the same result as the previous quarter but 1.3% higher than quarter four 2013/14. Four DHBs met the 95% target.

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Better help for smokers to quit


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: Results for the Better help for smokers to quit primary care target shows the target was met for the first time with a result of 90.5%, a 1.4% improvement from last quarter. Eleven DHBs met the 90% primary care target. From quarter one 2015/16, a new revised target definition shifts the focus to the entire enrolled population of smokers and not only those who visit a general practice. PHOs and practices will now have 15 months to offer brief advice and cessation support.

The Better help to smokers to quit hospital target was achieved for the tenth consecutive quarter with a result of 95.6%, the same result as last quarter. Fifteen DHBs achieved the 95% hospital target. From quarter one the hospital health target will only be reported on the website along with the maternity tobacco target results.

* Nelson Marlborough DHB’s result is 103% 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


The target: The target is 90% of the eligible population will have had their cardiovascular risk assessed in the last 5 years. Find out more about this target.

Results summary: The More heart and diabetes checks health target quarter four result is 89.0%, an increase of 1.1% compared with the last quarter’s result. Eleven DHBs met the 90% target.

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