What PHDB data is
Private hospitals submit data about each episode of admitted hospital treatment. PHDB data includes treatments paid for by:
- private health insurers.
PHDB data contains de-identified information about:
- patient demographics
- hospital episode
- clinical information, using a patient care classification system
- hospital charges for all patients in private hospitals.
We have been collecting this data since 1997.
Uses of PHDB data
We use PHDB data:
- to develop policy
- in the Medical Costs Finder app.
The Independent Health and Aged Care Pricing Authority uses PHDB data when it calculates the national efficient price (NEP) for hospital services. The NEP informs the amount of Australian Government funding for public hospitals in Australia.
Who collects PHDB data
We collect PHDB data directly from private hospitals.
How private hospitals submit PHDB data
New private hospitals must contact us to get an account created.
Private hospitals must submit their PHDB data through our Data Submission Portal and it is stored in our Enterprise Data Warehouse.
Hospitals must submit data every month, within 6 weeks of a patient being discharged.
Data specifications for the files you need to upload are included in our hospital data collection.
Hospital data collection
See our PHI circulars for any updates about PHDB data.