Key Publications contains a curated list of significant HealthPathways publications.
A report from the Kings Fund that provides an overview of the transformation process that the Canterbury Health System undertook.
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A journal article that provides an overview of HealthPathways, which includes discussion on the background, evolution, and development of the HealthPathways platform.
A journal article that reviews HealthPathways in the Australian setting and reviews literature identifying that HealthPathways has the ability to improve GP/hospital relations, efficiency, and integration.
A journal article that describes the results from an online survey to determine the perceptions of healthcare professionals in Canterbury on HealthPathways. They found that 90 to 95% of GP teams thought HealthPathways was easy to use and improved patient care. The majority of hospital clinicians (87%) considered the website had contributed to better patient management in primary care and had improved all stages of referral and follow-up of patients.
A report from the Kings Fund report that provides an overview of the transformation process that the Canterbury Health System undertook. This is a follow up to the 2013 Kings Fund report.
A case study that aims to describe the implementation of HealthPathways in the Australian state of Queensland. Queensland presents an interesting case because HealthPathways was implemented within a policy context of addressing equity of access to care, within the wider context of a state Outpatient Strategy and Clinical Prioritisation Criteria (CPC). HealthPathways has played an important role in delivering the CPC in Queensland across a number of diverse localities, achieving the support of front-line clinicians for a change that could, in other circumstances, have been confronting and controversial. This is an example of managing the consistency in health services, while allowing for local variation where appropriate.
A journal article that describes and identifies the outcomes from a skin cancer programme. and identifys the outcomes. The programme improved skin cancer management and resulted in a greater number of skin cancers being treated by the public health system, a reduction in waiting times for treatment, and fewer minor skin lesions being referred to secondary care. Development of the programme has improved working relationships between primary and secondary care clinicians.
A journal article that descibes and identifies the outcomes from a project to improve radiology referral. This project lead to a sustained improvement in primary care radiology referral quality and value in Canterbury. The service achieved sustained improvements in referral quality (referral acceptance rates increased from 78% to 88%, urgent referrals reduced from 59% to 22%) and value (plain film volumes reduced by 40%).
A journal artical that describes the development of a supportive education programme and availability of online information about tongue-tie for health professionals and consumers. The programme contributed to successful uptake of the new clinical pathway and a reduction in the frenotomy intervention rate from 11.3% in 2015 to 3.5% by mid-2017.
A journal article that demosnsteated the value of explicit advice in a pancreatitis HealthPathway. The improvement led to improved compliance by 13% (65 to 78%) resulting in 54 fewer amylase tests taken over the six-month period.
A case study using a pre-post study design was used to investigate the impact of HeathPathways. The study suggests that HealthPathways has likely reduced costs for diabetes patients in Mackay through a reduction in unnecessary referrals. Economic analysis indicated the diabetes pathways could potentially save the health system approximately $74,240 per year in avoidable referrals.