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PowerHealth Supports Costing Data Peer Review with PPM Victorian Benchmarking Module

28 May 2019

In response to strong interest strong interest from a variety of Victorian Health Services, PowerHealth has created a peer review module for PowerPerformance Manager (PPM). 

Hospital costing is the process of identifying the inputs and resources
used during an episode, and applying the costs of those inputs to the different types of clinical procedures and treatments provided to each patient in a hospital. 

Currently, peer review data is available following submission to the Victorian Cost Data Collection (VCDC) but results are only released annually, a significant period of time after the financial period.

The PPM Victorian Benchmarking Module (VBM) standardises costing data from each participating hospital and transmits anonymised data to PowerHealth for amalgamation. The costing output is standardised to allow meaningful comparison across sites with different internal reference values.

Reports have been created using PPM’s built-in query tools. Benchmarking data is held in user accessible tables on the central benchmarking server. Sites can access the pre-made queries, or create their own custom reports and visualisations using PPM’s inbuilt reporting functionality. Future phases of the project will include pre-made dashboards and visualisations around this data.

Initial Outcomes

Six Health Services, representing 18 hospitals, are currently involved with the Victorian Benchmarking Module, with early results realising a range of tangible benefits:

  • Enables analysis of cost data across health units, creating understanding for each hospital about where they differ from their peers 
  • Provides the opportunity to benchmark, review variations, target problem areas and talk to clinicians about areas of improvement at a classification level
  • Allows resource time to be spent on issues that are relevant to each target audience
  • Provides the ability to act on results in a timely manner; as soon as costs are entered into the system, users can access the server and extract the reports
  • Provides the opportunity to support other hospitals by sharing performance improvement initiatives
  • Ensures information is easily extractable in custom formats for downstream reporting requirements, e.g. budget proposals and quality improvement projects

About PowerHealth

PowerHealth is a dynamic Australian software development company specialising in activity based costing, hospital billing and safety learning solutions for healthcare organisations. The company is a market leader in Australia and New Zealand, with international recognition in the Canada, Ireland, United States, United Kingdom, Hong Kong and the Middle East.

ISO 9001 quality-accredited since 2001, PowerHealth Solutions specialises in large scale implementations ― at public hospitals, State Health Departments, District Health Boards, and private hospitals. Implementation staff are highly skilled and experienced, ensuring that new systems are up and running quickly for a rapid return on investment.