Health targets – 2015/16 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: The Shorter stays in emergency department health target result was 92.4%. Performance was affected by the increase in acute presentations over winter with a decrease of 2.6% compared with quarter four 2014/15. Seven DHBs met the target.

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Improved access to elective surgery

Elective surgery health targets result summary
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 49,730 elective surgical discharges provided, against a year-to-date target of 47,878. This is 1852 (3.9%) more than planned. Eight DHBs are 5% or more ahead of their quarter one target. 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

Faster cancer treatment health targets result summary
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 April and September 2015. Find out more about this target.

Results summary: This is the fourth quarter of public reporting of the new Faster cancer treatment health target results. Nationally, results increased by 1.5% compared with the previous quarter to 69.2%. No DHBs have yet met the 85% target.

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Increased immunisation

Increased immunisation health targets result table
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 July to September 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 93.4%. This is an increase of 0.5% when compared with quarter four 2014/15. Seven DHBs met the 95% target. 

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Better help for smokers to quit

Better help for smokers to quit health targets result table
The target: The target is 90% of PHO enrolled patients who smoke have been offered help to quit smoking by a health care practitioner in the last 15 months. Find out more about this target.

Results summary: The national Better help for smokers to quit primary care target result was 83.2%. Two DHBs met the 90% target.

 From quarter one the target has shifted its focus to the entire enrolled population of people who smoke and not only those seen in primary care and covers advice provided over 15 months, instead of 12 months. As this is a new target definition, no comparison will be made with previous results. 

The hospital target is now only reported along with the maternity results in the source data and individual target graphs for quarter 1 (Excel, 3.1 MB)

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More heart and diabetes checks

More heart and diabetes checks health targets result table
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 was met for the first time with a result of 89.8% rounded to 90% in public reporting. Thirteen DHBs met the 90% target.

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