Metro North puts Brisbane on the Map
Map of Medicine pathways are designed to represent the patient journey through healthcare services, and to improve patients’ access to evidence-based best practice care. Developed in line with national guidance, including expert opinion; the evidence-based pathways provide health professionals with instant access to comprehensive, clinically proven care pathways. Map of Medicine's customisable clinical content allows health authorities to 'localise' pathways to best reflect the needs of their region. By targeting specific patient demographic requirements, customised pathways aim to improve the care of patients through efficient management with respect to local service provision. Uniting national guidance with local practice allows health professionals to appropriately manage and refer patients while providing best practice at the point of care.
Metro North Brisbane Medicare Local newly developed pathways have focused on conditions which both reflect a high level of referrals within outpatient departments in local hospitals, and most significantly impact local population health outcomes. These first pathways feature a wide array of specialties including gastroenterology, cardiology, urology, paediatrics and orthopaedics.
Hannah Johnson, Coordinator for the Metro North Brisbane Pathways program said, "Approximately 80 health professionals including GPs, hospital clinicians, and allied healthcare professionals have worked collaboratively to develop these pathways. It has been exciting throughout the pilot programme to see individuals from across the health sector working together. Map of Medicine has provided a vehicle for change.
"More effective referral management in primary care helps improve management of hospital workload as patients are directed along appropriate and defined care paths. Sharing the pathways with patients not only keeps them informed of clinical decisions and treatment protocols during their consultations, but also supports improved patient adherence to treatment."
Map of Medicine has been developing care pathways for over 12 years. Jeff Dienhart, Senior Managing Director for Hearst's International healthcare solutions explained, "Effective use of pathways across local health economies has been found to guide more effective patient management and increase the appropriateness of referrals. We are proud that our Map of Medicine suite of clinical pathway solutions is adding value to our healthcare partners across New Zealand, UK, the Middle East and now Australia."
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Health Minister Lawrence Springborg, Metro North Brisbane Medicare Local Board Chair Professor Claire Jackson, and Metro North Hospital and Health Service Board Chair Dr Paul Alexander AO, at the launch of the Map of Medicine on 13 March 2014.
Medicare Local Metro North Brisbane