Health Services Innovation Tasmania (HSI Tas) is established upon a core research and education capability, and will contribute to the evidence base for Clinical Redesign in Tasmania. Research at HSI Tas is the key to ongoing sustainability of Clinical Redesign and quality improvement across the Tasmanian health system.
- We are reviewing the Clinical Redesign experiences of other Australian jurisdictions and internationally, in order to ensure that we do not "reinvent the wheel". This review process includes meetings and discussions with many redesign experts, as well as systematic literature reviews.
- We are evaluating local redesign initiatives: measuring changes in healthcare practice and quality during redesign initiatives, and assessing whether correlations between these changes are causal, or merely coincidental. We are using evaluation principles developed by the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation. In line with these principles, we encourage everyone with a stake in a particular Tasmanian redesign initiative to share their expertise, by getting involved in the design of an evaluation procedure for the initiative that is ethical, explicit, valid and reliable. Evaluation procedures are currently being designed for these initiatives in their early stages.
- To maximise the benefits of Tasmanian redesign initiatives, we are sharing our experiences as broadly as possible: most importantly with healthcare practitioners, administrators and managers in Tasmania, but also with redesign researchers elsewhere. We are doing this by hosting a number of conferences and preparing publications.
All of our research is assessed and approved by Human Research Ethics Committees at the University of Tasmania - either the Health and Medical Human Research Ethics Committee or the Social Sciences Human Research Ethics Committee.