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HealthEdata – new Deloitte service to provide data ‘superjuice’ for a healthier future


1 August 2012:  As Australia confronts the reality of an ageing population, Deloitte has launched a unique new data service to help health service policy makers, planners and providers meet this most complex of challenges.

Deloitte’s HealthEdata is an online data service that will help achieve efficiencies and enhance health outcomes by providing the health sector with access to granular, customised information.

Lynne Pezzullo, Lead Partner Health Economics and Social Policy at Deloitte Access Economics, said HealthEdata would assist in driving the best possible understanding of, and action on, Australia’s changing health needs.

“Australia continues to face challenges in health services planning due to demographic ageing, technological advances and changing models of care, and there is an increasing demand across the sector for detailed historical and projected information about populations with particular health conditions so that the most suitable infrastructure, services and workforces can be delivered to treat them,” Ms Pezzullo said.

“There are growing mountains of data out there, but they are disparate and often inaccessible to the industry as a whole.

With HealthEdata, we now have an easy-to-use, central data repository which provides health services providers and policy makers with relevant and timely data across more than 50 health conditions.

This includes all of the Federal Government’s eight national health priority areas – arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions, asthma, cancer control, cardiovascular health, diabetes mellitus, injury prevention and control, mental health, and obesity.”   

The service allows clients to select their desired region and time period to obtain summary data and maps of the area showing information on one or more of the following characteristics:

  • Prevalence and incidence of conditions by age and gender group based on Australian Bureau of Statistics demographic data and  epidemiological sources, with projections to 2050
  • Risk factor trends, with current and projected data covering the number of people with health risk factors such as physical inactivity, risky drinking, smoking, or excess weight/obesity
  • Health service providers and workforce overlays, including locations of general practices, dental practices, pharmacies and hospitals (public, private and day facilities)
  • Area comparisons, such as maps depicting the differences between health services available by state, health region, Medicare Local, Local Health Network, or electorate (federal and state)

HealthEdata will benefit users such as Federal and jurisdictional Government departments and agencies, Medicare Locals, Local Health Networks, peak bodies, healthcare service providers (e.g. hospitals, GPs), the pharmaceutical and medical devices industry, the complementary health and health insurance sectors, and medical research organisations.

The service is available on a subscription basis or users can access data reports on an ad hoc basis for as little as $400 (including GST).

Click here for further information about HealthEdata.

HealthEdata: How it works

The Problem:

  • A Medicare Local in NSW anticipates that its catchment area population will face an increased incidence of dementia in coming years.
  • To ensure appropriate services across primary care, aged care and allied health, the Medicare Local wants to know:
  • The projected number of new cases in 2012, and the total number of people with dementia expected through to 2020 – all by age group and gender
  • The number of GP practices estimated in the catchment who can provide diagnosis, care management and referral services.

The Solution:

  • Using HealthEdata, local staff can download a report showing the estimated incidence and prevalence of dementia in the local catchment area (in terms of numbers of people by five-year age group and gender, and cases per 1,000 population), as well as the number expected each year from 2012 to 2020.  
  • This epidemiological information can then be overlayed with the number of GP practices in the local catchment area, with a map showing people with dementia, projected growth in dementia over the period, and the location of GP practices– together with comparisons against other Medicare Locals across NSW.
  • The reported information can be presented in various formats, including geospatial maps, tables and charts, ready for use within its reporting, awareness raising and services planning.
  • The Medicare Local can now make an appropriate estimate of the growth in dementia care services and resources that would be required to meet the needs of its ageing local population.
  • This, in turn, will help enable it to make an evidence-based estimate of funding requirements to appropriately support people with dementia and their families and carers.

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Simon Rushton
Job Title:
National Manager Corporate Affairs and Communications
Tel: +61 2 9322 5562; M: +61 450 530 748
Lynne Pezzullo
Deloitte Australia
Job Title:
Canberra Managing Partner and Health Economics and Social Policy Leader
Tel: + 61 2 6175 2000




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