The development of a Victorian Cancer Performance Monitoring Framework (VCPMF) has entered its second phase and is now trialling a system for cancer performance data.
The VCPMF is a joint undertaking between the Victorian Integrated Cancers Services (ICS) and the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.
Phase one of the project developed a basic conceptual schema and operational model, put in place a process to develop indicators and embarked on initial capability testing for a suite of six cancer performance indicators, including: Emergency presentation and new cancer diagnosis; Stage at diagnosis; Reporting Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group performance status; Timeliness of initial treatment after cancer diagnosis; Timeliness of adjuvant chemotherapy (intravenous) for stage III colon cancer; Number of lymph nodes examined during colon cancer surgery
The next step is to transition the initial testing of measures into a pilot program to operationalise state-wide performance monitoring.
This stage will involve the ongoing development of indicators and the systematic collection, reporting, analysis and ‘use’ of cancer performance and outcome information for quality improvement.
VCPMF Chair and Clinical Director MPCCC, Dr Peter Briggs, said “The data is intended for use by each of the ICS’ and their clinical networks for internal review and analysis in accordance with their own governance processes”.
“Each of the ICS will play a central role in reviewing and analysing their respective data to identify aspects of cancer care in need of further analysis and quality improvement”.
The VCPMF Phase II Pilot: Cancer Performance Indicator Results is based on data linkage and has now been released to the Integrated Cancer Services (ICS).
Monitoring of cancer service performance and clinical outcomes is central to best practice cancer care, efficient service provision and better patient outcomes.