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Metro North puts Brisbane on the Map

2014-03-24

March 24, 2014, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Press Dispensary. Following the successful conclusion of a thirteen week Map of Medicine pilot programme Metro North Brisbane Medicare Local, and the Metro North Hospital and Health Service, have launched a suite of 13 healthcare pathways to the wider clinical community across North Brisbane and Moreton Bay.

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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Notes for editors
List of published Map of Medicine care pathways provided in Attachment A: https://www.pressdispensary.co.uk/ext/1833/docs/appendix%20a.docx

About Map of Medicine

Map of Medicine supports the optimisation of care by providing access to comprehensive, evidence-based local guidance, and clinical decision support at the point of care.  Map of Medicine has an increasing customer base in Australia and New Zealand as part of a concerted international business strategy which includes the Middle East and Asia Pacific rim.

Map of Medicine was originally developed by University College London and the Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust to improve dialogue between care settings and make specialist knowledge available to clinicians to improve referral quality.  Today, medical entrepreneurs, clinical experts and health managers drive Map of Medicine.  The team are committed to listening to GPs and health localities to meet challenges they are facing. We are the trusted experts in disseminating best practice guidance and helping healthcare providers implement change at the point of care. Our clients consistently define the support, expertise, and knowledge of our team as outstanding.

About Metro North Brisbane Medicare Local

Established on 1 July 2011, Metro North Brisbane Medicare Local supports communities within Brisbane’s northern suburbs, Moreton Bay Regional Council and parts of Somerset Regional Council, covering around 4,100 km2 of urban, regional and rural areas.

This region has a population of more than 880,000 and aligns with the boundaries of the Metro North Hospital and Health Service. It is predominantly an urban region but also includes regional and rural areas in the far northern and western areas of the catchment.

The Medicare Local is part of an Australia-wide network of 61 independent organisations set up to improve access to better coordinated primary health care services in their local areas, ensuring they are better tailored to meet the needs of local communities.

About Metro North Hospital and Health Service

Metro North Hospital and Health Service is the public hospital and health service for the north side of Brisbane. Its principle business is to provide acute care through teaching hospitals supported by complex ambulatory care and other community services which together provide a seamless journey for those patients who access its hospitals.

The HHS boundaries align with those of Metro North Brisbane Medicare Local, but it provides services to patients throughout Queensland, Northern New South Wales and the Northern Territory, incorporating all major health specialties including medicine, surgery, psychiatry, oncology, women’s and newborn, trauma and more than 30 sub-specialties.

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Site: www.mapofmedicine.com

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Launch of Map of Medicine, March 2014

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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.
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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.

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