System Level Measures

What are System Level Measures?

The System Level Measures (SLM) framework aims to improve health outcomes for people by supporting District Health Boards to work in collaboration with health system partners (primary, community and hospital) using specific quality improvement measures.

The SLMs focuses on children, youth and reducing equity gaps for Maori and other population groups that consistently experience poor health outcomes. System Level Measures recognise that good health outcomes require health system partners to work together.

Learn more by accessing “System Level Measures in a nutshell

There are six System Level Measures

  1.   Ambulatory Sensitive hospitalisation (ASH) rates per 100,000   for 0–4 year olds (ie Keeping children out of the hospital)
  2.   Acute hospital bed days per capita (ie using health resources   effectively) *
  3.   Patient experience of care (ie person-centred care)
  4.   Amenable Mortality rates (ie prevention and early detection) *
  5.   Proportion of babies who live in a smoke-free household at six   weeks postnatal (ie Healthy start)
  6.   Youth access to and utilisation of youth appropriate health     services (ie Teens make good choices about their health and   wellbeing)

*Northland has currently amalgamated SLM 2 and 4.

Refer to the SLM newsletters  for an update on the development of these measures.

Contributory Measures

Contributory measures are chosen locally based on the needs and priorities of communities and local health services. They have a quality improvement focus and are front line service level measures that show a tangible and meaningful result of the interaction between clinicians and patients.

The Measures Library for System Level and contributory measures is available here on Health Quality Measures New Zealand.