Data quality assessments

The importance of data quality - you get out what you put in

Your Care Connected will allow doctors, nurses and other registered healthcare professionals to view information from a patient's GP record. They will use this information to aid in their treatment of the patient and any clinical decisions they make. Therefore, it is vitally important that we ensure the data being shared is of a high-quality standard so that it provides real benefit to the patient's care.

How does this help you?

We will give you the data quality assessment framework and train you to use it after our initial assessment. You can then run the assessments yourself in future, reducing the need to pay third party organisations to do data quality assessments. This will help you to achieve a consistently high standard of data quality to:

  • Improve compliance with Care Quality Commission (CQC) standards and Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) prevalence – which could result in extra payments to practices
  • Improve patient care and safety

How it works

We will contact you to discuss running the data quality assessment which is usually done remotely.

Once the assessment has been completed, the Your Care Connected programme team will provide you with an action plan outlining any areas for improvement and advise you in how you can implement any suggested changes within an agreed timeframe. We would then repeat this assessment before enabling your practice in Your Care Connected.

What do we assess?

The assessment looks at seven key areas, which are listed below. Depending on the results of the assessment, some of these areas may require direct action by the practice and some are for information only:

  • Allergy reports - for action
  • Incorrect gender reports - for action
  • Diagnoses not set as problems - for action
  • Palliative care reports - for action
  • QOF prevalence reports - for action
  • Referral reports - for information only
  • Safeguarding reports - for information only

Please note

The results of your data quality assessment will not be shared with anyone other than relevant staff in your practice and the member of the Your Care Connected programme team who conducted the assessment. No patient identifiable data is contained in the data quality action plan.
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