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Australian Consortium for Classification Development

ACCD is a consortium lead by the National Centre for Classification in Health (NCCI) under the auspices of Sydney University. Other consortium partners include Western Sydney University and KPMG. The consortium contract was awarded by the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA), an independent government agency established by the Commonwealth as part of the National Health Reform Act 2011.

In 2015, we conducted a wide-ranging review that looked at each of the following: 

  • Processes and Procedures - existing and proposed
  • Process Automation
  • Physical and Virtual Infrastructure Requirements - existing and proposed
  • Software Development Activities - existing and proposed
  • Service and Support Agreements - existing and proposed
  • Vendor Integration - existing and proposed
  • Requirements Identification and Management
  • Change Management
  • Vendor Application Certification
  • Timeframes and Resources

Many processes and procedures had remained unchanged for almost 20 years. While this didn’t render the processes or procedures themselves unusable, it meant there was an opportunity to review them to determine whether they could be improved and/or modernised through the appropriate use and application of technology. 

One key aspect of this was the process for testing software functionality before it could be released into a Production environment. This required new and/or improved processes for documenting process flows, writing test cases for each individual process and releasing a feature to Production only on successful completion and approval by the relevant stakeholders. 

The review included a range of existing and proposed technologies:

  • Microsoft Visual Studio versions (2013 - existing) 
  • Microsoft SQL Server versions (2012 - existing) 
  • Adobe Creative Suite (including InDesign for print-ready book publishing material) (CS6 - existing) 
  • User Interface tools (Telerik - existing) 
  • Data Modelling tools (Entity Framework 6 and LINQ - current, CodeFluent Entities - proposed) 
  • Process Modelling Tools (CaseComplete, Holocentric Modeler & Modelpedia) 
  • Camtasia Studio (Education Video Content development - existing) 
  • Altova XML Spy (Web services design and development)