There is strong evidence that the provision of timely and relevant data to clinicians is a key driver for the delivery of safe and high quality healthcare. The rich clinical data provided by admitted patient data collections has played an important role in measuring and monitoring safety and quality indicators to date in Australia, but has arguably not been used to its fullest potential. The April 2016 Heads of Agreement signed by all Australian governments to incorporate a safety and quality component to the national activity-based funding (ABF) model looks set to unlock some of this potential. It means an even greater spotlight on the clinical coded data and the health information management workforce involved in its collection. The health information workforce, which has already had to adapt as a profession to accommodate the changing healthcare landscape due to ABF, are well placed to deal with these developments.
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