Bernie Goldie

UOW awarded $9 million to develop health information system

In a highly competitive process, the University of Wollongong’s Centre for Health Service Development (CHSD) has been awarded a multi-million dollar project to develop a pivotal health information system.

The CHSD will develop the 2012 version of the Australian Refined – Diagnosis Related Group Classification System (AR-DRG) which will be implemented nationally on 1 July 2013.

This is the classification that is used in relation to acute patients admitted to Australian hospitals. It is used in Australia as well as about 10 other countries. 

 There are three components to the system:

    • The 2012 AR-DRG classification of acute in-patient care

    • The 2012 International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, Tenth Revision, Australian Modification (also known as ICD-10-AM) classification.  The World Health Organisation produces the ICD and each country then adds to it to meet its own requirements    

    • The 2012 Australian Classification of Health Interventions (also known as ACHI) classification

The Federal Government’s Department of Health and Ageing (DOHA) has commissioned the CHSD to undertake this task as it has significant expertise in classification development.

The Centre for Health Service Development will receive more than $9 million over three years for the project which is expected to involve about 20 staff positions.

“This is a great opportunity for the CHSD and it builds on the research we have been doing for more than a decade,” according to CHSD Director, Professor Kathy Eagar.

The Centre for Health Service Development is a research centre of UOW’s Sydney Business School and will undertake its expanded role from the Sydney Business School headquarters in Liverpool Street, Sydney, and from its main centre at the University of Wollongong campus.