MedicineInsight is a unique and valuable resource for Australian longitudinal general practice data. With 2.1 million patients, and over 10 million encounters in the 2016–17 financial year, it has the potential to support a wide range of public health and health services research, as well as providing evidence to support the development of health systems policy and practice. The large volume of data provides an opportunity to analyse, in detail, the activities that occur in general practice. In addition, because the data are longitudinal, the impact of changes in government health policy or clinical guidelines can be monitored from a general practice perspective.
This report aims to provide an overview of MedicineInsight data, including details of encounters, the conditions patients present with, how they are managed and outcomes over time. We have also provided three real-world examples of how MedicineInsight data have been used in distinct research projects to support evidence-based quality improvement in general practice.
The results in the report are based on a MedicineInsight data extract from July 2017, and include encounters from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017. A working group from NPS MedicineWise, the Department of Health (DoH) and the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) collaborated to establish the report’s scope, definitions and weighting procedure to produce nationally representative findings about people who attended an Australian general practice in 2016–17.