Doll Martin Associates performs Data Analysis and Validation of National Key Performance Indicators

The National Key Performance Indicators for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care (nKPIs) are one of the key data sets used across government and the health sector to inform policy development and monitoring activities in Indigenous health. nKPI data is collected from over 200 Indigenous health services funded to provide primary health care under the Indigenous Australians’ Health Program. This occurs through extraction of data from clinical information systems and its transfer to a secure data portal.

There are 24 nKPIs that measure critical health factors such as birthweight, immunisation, diabetes, obesity, smoking status and cardiovascular risk.  Their calculation requires the manipulation of hundreds of variables.

The Department of Health engaged Doll Martin Associates to performed a data validation to objectively and independently review the accuracy of the data processing that is performed to produce nKPIs. DMA developed a Control Data Set of nKPI patient data as input to each clinical information system and check the integrity of the data extraction, transformation and output reporting process. It required a detailed understanding of the role of performance indicators, their health context and the impact of data quality on the results.

The Control Data Set approach demonstrated that an extensive validation of the nKPI reporting functions could be achieved, and that it enabled the reporting systems to be tested and exercised much more extensively than has been done previously. 

The National Key Performance Indicators for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care Data Validation Project Report – July 2017 may be found on the Department of Health website.