About HSI Tas
Australia's demand for healthcare services is escalating, fuelled by an ageing population and rising rates of chronic illness. These pressures can no longer be adequately met within the health system's current and future budgetary capacity. They are especially strong in Tasmania, with its older population, and socio-economic and wellness indicators that confirm a higher than average need for reliable public healthcare.
The need to better utilise existing healthcare resources is recognised nationally and globally. The proven best response is through the introduction of sustainable clinical redesign principles.
Clinical redesign offers an evidence-based approach to map, review and refine the patient journey in healthcare, to meet demand and ensure processes are safe, efficient and cost-effective. The five main clinical redesign steps are Scoping – Diagnosing – Implementing – Evaluating – Sustaining.
Improving the patient's healthcare journey means
- More timely care – e.g. shorter waiting times for emergency department care and elective surgery
- A better patient and carer experience
- Better access to related services
- Lower costs and better use of existing hospital resources
- Greater professional satisfaction for clinicians
Clinical redesign has significantly improved patient care and hospital performance around Australia.
In order to deliver better quality healthcare and improved outcomes for patients, the University of Tasmania has been allocated $12 million by the Australian Government to help implement clinical redesign in the Tasmanian hospital system from 2013 - 2016. A key aim is ensuring these improvements will be sustainable thereafter.
The program is managed by Health Services Innovation Tasmania (HSI Tas) and involves the Tasmanian Health Service (THS) and other healthcare providers and planners across the state. The Health Partners Consortium coordinates input and oversight from key players – the THS, Tasmanian Department of Health & Human Services, Primary Health Tasmania, Tasmanian Lead Clinicians Group, Department of Health, University of Tasmania, and a representative of the Tasmanian Health Minister.
The focus is on helping the THS to identify clinical redesign priorities; involving key clinicians; and supporting skills and processes that will embed clinical redesign principles on a sustainable, long-term basis.
A sustainable Tasmanian healthcare system committed to ongoing improvement in the quality, effectiveness and safety of care delivery through education, evaluation, and strategic innovation.
To embed evidence-based clinical redesign across the Tasmanian healthcare system to improve health service capacity and sustainability.
Key objectives of the program:
- To build capacity and capability for clinical redesign in Tasmania, drawing on experiences nationally and internationally
- To enable clinicians and health system managers to identify and drive changes to hospital and other healthcare processes
- To collaborate closely with health leaders across Tasmania in identifying and implementing clinical redesign projects
- To contribute to skills and knowledge transfer in clinical redesign, helping to develop a culture of clinical redesign within the state
HSI Tas will provide clinical redesign support and technical expertise to assist the THS in implementing initiatives aimed at improving processes within their hospitals and related services.
HSI Tas aims to:
- Promote awareness of the benefits of the clinical redesign process, and encourage widespread engagement
- Focus on the acute care/hospital sector, recognising the links with community care and related services
- Educate and train healthcare staff and health students in clinical redesign methodologies
- Evaluate and conduct research to ensure a strong evidence base is created for clinical redesign