ProCare Network excels in National Health Targets

Published: Fri 4 Sep 2015 03:19 PM
ProCare Network excels in National Health Targets
The ProCare network’s hard work has paid off over the last 12 months, with excellent results in the recently released National Health Target PHO results. Associate Clinical Director Dr Janine Bycroft says Aucklanders are better off for being checked, immunised and receiving advice about quitting smoking.
“The network is doing well across the Health and Integrated Performance and Incentive Framework targets, especially with high needs populations. It’s reinforcement that we’re proactively working with people to help them live longer, better quality lives. For example, we know that giving smoking - brief advice is effective. In the last year, we helped almost 5000 Aucklanders quit.”
The network achieved all three National Health Targets and cervical screening coverage. Dr Bycroft says the huge number of people screened by practices highlights just what a remarkable achievement this is.
ProCare network’s results:
National Health Target: More Hearts and Diabetes Checks 224,748 93% 90%
National Health Target: Better Help for Smokers to Quit 73,237 98% 90%
National Health Target: Increased Immunisations – 8 months 2,745 95% 95%
* People who have been checked/received smoking brief advice/immunised.
“Our focus now is on supporting practices in helping patients with the behaviour change that’s needed through improving self-management support, shared decision-making and health literacy.
“Ultimately people control their own destinies around the choices they make each day, what they eat or drink, how active they are and whether they take their meds or not. These day-to-day choices have a major impact on long-term wellbeing and quality of life; many serious health conditions are 80% preventable.
“People hold the key here, practice teams are here to help.”
“ProCare has recently introduced an Outcomes and Quality Framework to the network which will tackle five ad¬ditional clinical indicators to further improve pa¬tient care and alleviate inequity. These indicators will measure the more challenging clinical aspects in primary care, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease management: “There are huge gains to be made in attack¬ing these issues head-on,” says Dr Bycroft.

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