groupColin McCrow

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Detailed activity and cost data across the continuum of care are the essential underpinning ingredients in the management of healthcare services in an ABF environment. While the best value for money in the delivery of healthcare services must be ensured, service delivery decisions cannot be based on cost alone. This updated article outlines the importance of the role of the clinical analyst in the review of costed patient-level data from ABF systems. It reviews the impact that data can have on ensuring the maintenance of quality clinical care within an era of fiscal regulation, through the identification, measurement and analysis of clinical care utilisation profiles against best practice. It also outlines a system maturity model for healthcare services using ABF systems and relates these milestones along a data-to-wisdom continuum.

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