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Queensland Health Clinical Costing System (IntelPlus/Costpro) Data Collection
Identifying and Definitional Attributes
QH 020712
Metadata Item Type
Information Asset
Metadata Set Type
Data Collection
Approval Status
Approval Type
Approving Authority
Information Management Strategic Governance Committee (IMSGC), Queensland Health
Effective From
Effective To
IntelPlus combines information from multiple data sources providing a data warehouse for the patient centric Clinical Costing Data that is costed in the costing engine CostPro. The data is pre-validated using defined business rules in a staging warehouse prior to transfer to site databases for the purposes of costing. In addition, it is a data repository allowing reporting functionality using business intelligence tools over the patient centric activity and costing data.

CostPro is a patient centric costing engine that undertakes product level costing of patient activity. CostPro allows you to determine the fully absorbed cost of patient activity, cost drivers and implications. It delivers complete transparency of overhead allocations and the ability to quickly audit and track where costs have been allocated within the organization.

The final costed data is then loaded back into IntelPlus tables providing the cost of each patient's episode. Any changes in the costing data structures are then reflected in the final cost outcomes for each episode once the costing update process is run.
Short Name
IntelPlus/CostPro DC
Strategic Alignment Attributes
Actual or potential statewide coverage
Contains patent level costing data from multiple facilities within each Hospital and Health Service (HHS).
Absence would cause significant impact on QH business
Costing data is a major input into Jurisdictional and national Activity Based Funding models.
Supports enterprise-wide decision making
It enables cost and profit loss reporting against weighted activity units.
Supports enterprise-wide reporting requirements
It underpins annual cost weight tables.
Supports the strategic directions of QH
The Clinical Costing System provides the patient level input data for jurisdictional and national Activity Based Funding models. It supplies the patient level model for the Queensland Purchasing model, underpinning elements of the Service Level Agreements.
Strategic Asset Indicator
Collection and Usage Attributes
Guide for Use
An aggregate group of software tools used to calculate the cost of patient care which enables analysis and reporting of hospital costs and other management information at multiple levels across Queensland Health's major public hospitals.
All inpatients, emergency presentations and outpatient occasions of service where these have been electronically recorded.
-Patient centric costs and detailed clinical activity and procedure information, including patient demographics and coding. -Department centric products and costs. -Cost centre centric payroll and GL information. -Classification systems: International Classification of Diseases (ICD), Diagnosis Related Groups (DRG), Service Related Groups (SRG), Commonwealth Medibank Schedule (CMBS) codes and other nationally recognised patient classification systems.
Sites Implemented
The system is being implemented with data starting from the 19-20 fiscal year (prior years costing data from the legacy costing system will be made available for reporting following the full implementation of the costing system replacement).
Implementing Hospital and Health Services sites for this solution are
-Cairns and Hinterland
-Central West Queensland
-Central Queensland
-Metro North
-Metro South
-North West Queensland
-Sunshine Coast
-South West Queensland
-Torres and Cape
-West Moreton.
Published Outputs
Routine and adhoc reports will be developed by Hospital and Health Service costing teams and the Department of Health (DoH) using available business intelligence reporting tools.
Frequency of Updates
Daily where system to system transfer of data can be enabled. However, for most systems updates will be weekly or monthly.
Information Security Classification
In system security model managed at application level with defined users. At the discretion of HHSs and DoH.
Access Constraints
Only named users have access to the system using Novell Identification login processes.
Use Constraints
Patient centric data excludes patient identifiable fields excepting medical record number.
Data extracts
Statistical Unit
Reporting Requirements
Numerous reports are provided from the system at HHS and DoH level to meet business and clinical analysis of activity.
Frequency of Reporting Requirements
An annual extract routine from each database is run to meet jurisdictional and national reporting requirements for the National Hospital Cost Data Collection (NHCDC) and Financial Residential Activity Collection (FRAC).
Relational Attributes
Related Metadata References
Implementation in
Included Data Elements and Performance Indicators
Data Quality Declaration
Source and Reference Attributes
Source Systems
Source Organisation
Source Document

Clinical costing