Data Collection 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.
There are a number of data collections which have been established in WA Health, including some that have been established without consideration or awareness of existing collections containing the same or similar information. The cost involved in the development and ongoing operation of data collections is significant, both financially and in terms of the burden that it imposes on Health Service staff.
Data is a critical resource for the Department and the health system as a whole, and must be managed with regard to the cost of collection, quality of data collected and process undertaken in establishing new collections and justifying the continuation of existing collections.
The purpose of the Data Collection policy is to support and regulate the establishment of data collections in WA Health by:
Formalising the establishment of new data collections.
Ensuring all new data collections are developed with regard to other existing health data collections and strategic initiatives within WA Health.
Preventing further uncontrolled collection of data.
Encouraging effective, efficient and accurate collection of data across WA Health.
Promoting a culture whereby information is seen and managed as a valuable corporate resource.
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH WA
This circular last updated: Thursday, 5 July 2012 at 2:30pm