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Allied health activity recording

Demonstrating the Value of Allied Health Care in SA Health

The Allied and Scientific Health Office has worked with Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN) Allied Health Directorate to build on the current understanding and utilisation of health service data to assist AH in contributing to broad health reform strategies particularly under the Transforming Health agenda.

This project used the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) data and services to identify patient groups relevant to AH, CALHN and applicable to most LHNs. Diagnostic Related Groups (DRGs) with significant AH input and specific cost saving potential for the site were chosen to demonstrate costing and funding methodology.

AH input and potential for improved quantitative (cost savings) and qualitative (improved patient care) outcomes using alternative AH driven models of care were then identified through further analysis. The analysis determined that numerous strategies were required to ensure further development of an integrated multi-professional, inclusive of AH, based approach to healthcare.

The report provides a template which could be utilised within the Transforming Health Agenda to evaluate and identify opportunities to improve service delivery. Access a copy of the report at the link below.

Enterprise Patient Administration Scheme (EPAS) and allied health

SA Health’s new Enterprise Patient Administration System (EPAS) is providing the foundation for delivering South Australia’s state-wide electronic health record (EHR). EPAS will connect our public hospitals and health care sites and place them at the forefront of advancements in eHealth.

The following resources will assist staff to understand the standardised, minimum expectations for patient documentation and data entry:

Allied Health quick tips for EPAS users

This document is aimed at new EPAS users and provides summarised instructions for managing patient records.

Allied Health EPAS Data Recording Scenarios 

This fact sheet provides concise examples of how to enter activity data in variety of specific clinical situations.

Allied Health Activity Minimum Data Set and Data Definitions

This document outlines the recommended minimum set of data collection regardless of the allied health site, service or activity collection system (EPAS or non-EPAS), although local workflow decisions regarding specific counting practices may be required. This aligns with the nationally mandated allied health data activity requirements (or minimum data set) for service delivery. To ensure reported activity is as accurate, reproducible and standardised between and within professions and service locations as possible the minimum data was developed. 

EPAS Business Rules for Allied Health

These business rules focus exclusively on Allied Health workflows within the EPAS system and should not be used for other professions or data systems.

Activity based funding (ABF)

As national and state information is updated, such as the annual Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA) update to the National Efficient Price and clinic price weights, the above documents may require updates. As updates are released, the new information will be in italics and version control will be listed.

Introduction to ABF

Resources and references

Further information

For further information on activity recording, contact the Allied and Scientific Health Office.

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