Data Quality Policy
WA Health collects, stores, uses and discloses large volumes of data. Managing information through each phase of the lifecycle provides WA Health the ability to monitor and effectively manage patient care, strategic and operational resources and legislative requirements.
The Data Quality Policy outlines the allocation of accountability and responsibility for data quality to WA Health staff. This ensures data within WA Health is of a high quality to support its intended uses.
WA Health staff create, capture and store information into systems on a daily basis. By allocating roles and responsibilities WA Health will be able to effectively manage data quality throughout all data collections.
A data quality assessment plan must also be completed by the Data Custodian, on a yearly basis, for each data collection that they are responsible for. The assessment plan examines five dimensions of data quality – accuracy, timeliness, comparability, usability and relevance. Each dimension is divided into related characteristics and each characteristic is further made up of several assessment criteria. These criteria are questions about the aspects of data quality. The assessment plan will inform the Data Custodian about the presence of data quality issues.
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH WA