Since 2011, the Health Quality Council of Alberta (HQCA) has been providing Primary Healthcare Panel Reports upon request to family physicians across the province. This free resource is an invaluable tool to support and inform program planning, panel management, quality improvement, and policy development at the various levels of the primary healthcare system.
The Primary Healthcare Panel Reports are standardized and use administrative health data to provide information about a physician’s patient panel. The reports contain over 24 measures from 12 different administrative data sources, separate from the EMR.
The measures are created from administrative data received from Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services. The results are organized into six topic areas:
- Practice Characteristics
- Panel Characteristics
- Preventive Care
- Chronic Conditions
Primary Healthcare Panel reports are confidential and are provided only to the requesting physician. Primary Care Networks, clinics and zones can only receive physician panel reports if the physician provides written permission for the report to be shared.
The HQCA proxy panel is an estimate of a physician’s active panel, based on the pattern of family physician billing claims over a three-year period. The algorithm predicts which family physician – from all those seen by a patient – is most likely to be the patient’s main family physician.
Reports support and inform program planning, panel management, practice improvement and policy development.
Primary Healthcare Panel Report Fact Sheet (PDF)