Platform and Guideline Releases

Streamliners regularly releases updates to systems, software, and guidelines which the HealthPathways Community uses to implement HealthPathways. Here you'll find details of the latest product and guideline releases.

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New guidance for HealthPathways localisations or reviews

Today (15 October), we published new guidance for HealthPathways clinical editors and Streamliners technical writers that outlines the three implementation approaches for localising or reviewing pathways.

Now that all HealthPathways regions are working to a similar style, we have greater opportunities to work more collaboratively to develop quality clinical guidance for your local context.

Today (15 October), we’ve released new guidance on the three implementation approaches HealthPathways teams can select from when deciding how to localise or review a pathway or set of pathways.

The guidance helps you to choose the right starting point, and decide how much effort to put into preparing the pathways for your region:

  • Base alignment means either starting your localisation or review from, or aligning it with, the Base pathway. The benefit of using this content as your starting point is that Base pathways are:
    • already adapted for the mobile-friendly platform.
    • already aligned with HealthPathways style.
    • ready for the clinical editor and writer to localise swiftly with minimal changes.
    • marked with blue "localisation highlighting" to show the content that is most likely to need adapting for your region.
    • continually improved by the HealthPathways Community.
  • Full localisation or review means clinical editors and writers work towards closely aligning the content and structure with HealthPathways style. It works best when:
    • there is not a suitable Base pathway to localise from.
    • you have a starting pathway that:
      • differs significantly from local practice.
      • requires significant changes.
      • is not well-structured, safe, or easy to use in your local context.
      • is connected with local health system issues or controversies.
  • Light localisation or review was previously called “rapid” localisation but had no formally defined process. It means carefully selecting and adapting a set of starting pathways that only need a small number of changes, and deferring other style and structure improvements until a future review when a Base pathway is released. This allows you to quickly complete as many pathways as possible. It works best when:
    • there is not a suitable Base pathway to localise from.
    • you have a starting pathway that:
      • is close to current local practice.
      • requires minimal changes.
      • is well structured, safe, and easy to use.
      • is not connected with local health system issues or controversies that would warrant a more careful approach.


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To better support the three implementation approaches, we’ve:

  • Released a new Implementation Approach field on the pathway record in Dot. Your lead writer will record the agreed implementation approach so this is available to everyone working on the pathway.
  • Updated the pathway banners for draft sites, to make the agreed implementation approach clear to everyone working on the pathway.
  • Updated the Localising or Reviewing an Existing Pathway process for clinical editors in Online Help.
  • Updated the Localising Strategies on the HealthPathways Community website.
  • Released a new light localisation and review process for Streamliners technical writers.

Before starting the first draft, please clearly signal your chosen implementation approach to your lead writer.

If you request the light localisation or review approach:

  • Your lead writer will check that there are no major issues with the proposed starting pathway.
  • If your lead writer spots significant issues with the selected pathway, they may either recommend alternative starting pathways, or discuss whether full localisation or review is more appropriate.

Assuming the light approach is appropriate, your lead writer will then only make fundamental changes to ensure the pathway is compatible with the new mobile-friendly platform without fully aligning it with HealthPathways style.

Even when taking the light approach, if you introduce new content to the pathway, your lead writer will adapt it to HealthPathways style, and this may necessitate changes elsewhere in the pathway to ensure consistency and flow.

If you have any questions about the three implementation approaches, please have a chat with your lead writer.

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