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Delivering better cardiac outcomes in Victoria: An initiative of the National Data Linkage Demonstration Project is a report published by the Victorian Agency for Health Information (VAHI) based on analysis of just over 44,000 Victorians hospitalised for Atrial Fibrillation (AF – a type of heart arrhythmia) or Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI - heart attack) between 2011-13.

In an Australian first, patients’ de-identified hospital data was matched against the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. This identified the medications patients were prescribed upon discharge, and what they were dispensed in the months following discharge from hospital.

The data show that there was a significant variation in medication prescribing depending on where the patient was hospitalised. The data contained in the report indicates that routine assessment of prescriptions against best practice guidelines at hospital discharge could be used to reduce risks of further complications for both AF and AMI.

VAHI is releasing this report to help inform improvements in healthcare, in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services, Safer Care Victoria and the Cardiac Clinical Network.

Delivering better cardiac outcomes in Victoria: An initiative of the National Data Linkage Demonstration Project

Delivering better cardiac outcomes in Victoria – Infographic: how the data are managed

Delivering better cardiac outcomes in Victoria – Media release

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Jane Metlikovec
0409 539 880

Page last updated: 11 Jun 2019

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