HealthPathways in local context
HealthPathways is an online manual used by clinicians to help make assessment, management, and specialist request decisions for over 550 conditions.
Rather than being traditional guidelines, each pathway is an agreement between primary and specialist services on how patients with particular conditions will be managed in the local context. Each health jurisdiction tailors the content of HealthPathways to reflect local arrangements and opinion, and deploys their own instance of HealthPathways to their clinical community.
The target audience for HealthPathways is the primary care clinicians responsible for managing patients in the community, and for initiating requests (including referrals to hospital) for specialist assistance.
Over 30 instances of HealthPathways are being implemented throughout Australia and New Zealand and more than 50 primary care and hospital care organisations have formed partnerships to jointly localise HealthPathways. These organisations are all part of the HealthPathways Community which enables them to share knowledge, processes, pathways, and infrastructure.
At the heart of the HealthPathways Community is Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) which developed the initial 500 pathways, agreed to share them with other members of the Community, and continues to review and update the core pathways based on current evidence and specialist opinion.
The Canterbury Health System has been internationally recognised for its collaboration and integration in a report by acclaimed British health authority, The King's Fund.
Self-assessment of readiness
Before applying to join the HealthPathways Community, organisations should self-assess their readiness for implementing the HealthPathways methodology and toolset.
Readiness criteria include having in place:
- A well communicated vision for community, primary, and secondary care services working together to give a highly effective and seamless service to patients.
- A primary and secondary care partnership for governing work programmes (including HealthPathways) at the interface.
- Committed leadership and resources for establishing a local HealthPathways team.
- Engaged and empowered clinicians.
Further information on these criteria is available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject to meeting the readiness criteria, contact Andy Froggatt to arrange a discussion about HealthPathways implementation processes and expected outcomes.