Health targets – 2016/17 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 93.1%. This result is 0.8 percent less than the quarter four result.  Eight DHBs achieved the 95 percent target.

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Improved access to elective surgery

Improved access to elective surgery health target result summary
The target: The target is an increase in the volume of elective surgery by an average of 4000 discharges per year. Find out more about this target.

Results summary: The national improved access to elective surgery health target has been achieved this quarter with 51,622 elective surgical discharges provided, against a year-to-date plan of 49,227. This is 2,395 (4.9 percent) more than planned.  Eleven DHBs are 5 percent or more ahead of their quarter one target and six DHBs are behind plan. 

From 2015/16 the 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 target 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 two weeks, increasing to 90% by June 2017. Results cover those patients who received their first cancer treatment between 1 April and 30 September 2016. Find out more about this target.

Results summary: National achievement of the faster cancer treatment (FCT) target is 78.0 percent this quarter, an increase of 4.1 percent from quarter four. Data is based on six months rolling data and includes patients who received their first cancer treatment between 1 April and 30 September 2016.  Waitemata DHB becomes the first DHB to achieve the target, with a result of 86.3 percent this quarter.

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Increased immunisation

Increased immunisation health target result summary
The target: The national immunisation target is 95% of eight-month-olds have their primary course of immunisation at six weeks, three months and five months on time. This quarterly progress result includes children who turned eight-months between July and September 2016 and who were fully immunised at that stage. Find out more about this target.

Results summary: National immunisation coverage at age eight months was 93.2 percent in quarter one. This is a 0.4 percent increase compared with quarter four. Six DHBs met the 95 percent increased immunisation target, and a further six DHBs had immunisation coverage of 94 percent. 

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Better help for smokers to quit

Better help for smokers to quit health target result summary
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 is 86.6 percent, a decrease of 1.5 percent from last quarter. One DHB (Lakes), achieved the 90 percent target this quarter.

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Raising healthy kids

More heart and diabetes checks health target result summary
* As this is the first time these results are being reported there is no comparison with the previous quarter.

The target: The target is that by December 2017, 95 percent of obese children identified in the B4 School Check (B4SC) programme will be offered a referral to a health professional for clinical assessment and family based nutrition, activity and lifestyle interventions.  Data is based on all acknowledged referrals for obese children up to the end of the quarter (30 September) from B4SCs occurring in the six months to 31 August 2016.

Results summary: In the first quarter that the raising healthy kids target is being publicly reported as a health target the confirmed national result is 49.0 percent.

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