Data Quality Policy

Applicable to: This policy applies to, and is binding upon, each Health Service Provider and its staff members. The policy also applies to staff within the Department of Health (the Department), as well as Contracted Health Entities where specified in their contractual agreements with the Minister for Health, the Department (on behalf of the State) or a Health Service Provider.

Description: High quality data in the health sector is needed to support patient care, funding, management, planning, monitoring, reporting and strategic decision making. This policy describes the principles that staff within the WA health system must comply with in order to manage and maintain high data quality with respect to its five dimensions - relevance, accuracy, timeliness, coherence and interpretability. The policy also provides a standard approach for monitoring the quality of data collections and quality improvement efforts to ensure data are fit for their intended use. 

This policy supersedes OD 0380/12 Data Quality Policy and is a mandatory requirement under the Information Management Policy Framework.

Date of effect: 01 July 2017

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