Digital transformation of hospital quality and safety: real-time data for real-time action

Aust Health Rev. 2019 Jan;43(6):656-661. doi: 10.1071/AH18125.


The Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Health Care has created the National Safety and Quality Health Service standards that all hospitals must address in order to remain accredited. This case study details the first known digitisation of the 10 national quality and safety standards mandated in a quaternary integrated digital hospital. A team of clinical informaticians, information technology experts and clinicians was assembled. Data were chosen and the data were then extracted and validated and presented (often in near real time) in an easily consumable dashboard format with appropriate governance to allow clinicians and executives to monitor the quality and safety standards across the hospital. All 10 standards were defined and extracted contemporaneously from the digital hospital for every patient, every time. This is in stark contrast with traditional retrospective point prevalence surveys. This case study details the first known fully digital accreditation in a sophisticated integrated digital hospital. Digitisation of hospital quality and safety to produce real-time data is the future of clinical redesign to improve patient care.

MeSH terms

  • Accreditation
  • Australia
  • Computer Systems
  • Hospitals / standards*
  • Humans
  • Medical Informatics / methods*
  • Organizational Case Studies
  • Patient Safety
  • Quality of Health Care / standards*