Where hospitals need to lift their game

Stephen Duckett highlights major safety gaps

Australian hospitals need to reform the way they collect and use information about patient safety, says a leading health policy expert.

big data

A report by the Grattan Institute says that while hospitals routinely collect large amounts of data on patients, little ever reaches the public or doctors outside the hospital system. 

“The health system is awash with data, but the information is poorly collated, not shared with patients, and often not given to the doctors and hospital managers responsible for keeping patients safe,” says report