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Transition from Map of Medicine to HealthPathways


In 2017 the international technology provider behind the Map of Medicine (MoM) tool signalled their intention to cease support for the tool in 2018.

Following this announcement an options paper was prepared by Waikato DHB for the Midlands Alliance. In addition to this Pinnacle MHN conducted interviews and focus group sessions with providers across our network to provide further feedback to the alliance.

Exploring HealthPathways (a tool originating from Canterbury) was the unanimous preference of Pinnacle MHN providers. The Midland DHB chief executives accepted the recommendation and approved in principle to replace MoM with HealthPathways. 

It is anticipated this will be launched in our region on 1 July 2018.

Waikato DHB and HealthShare are working on a plan to ensure the current MoM site is still accessible post 1 July to help with the transition.

Background

General practice teams and patients are finding it increasingly difficult to navigate across our complex health system. Patient safety and patient experience also need protection.

There are challenges in embedding evidence-based best practice at the point of care, while ensuring health care and services are organised and coordinated in a way that is best for the patient and the health system.

Clinical pathway tools and how they link to electronic referrals are essential in helping to address these issues.

Pinnacle MHN first introduced the MoM to the Midlands region in 2012. While it achieved some of the goals, it fell short of all expectations.

What is HealthPathways?

HealthPathways is web-based information portal supporting primary care clinicians to plan patient care through primary, community and secondary health care systems. It is like a 'care map', so that all members of a health care team - whether they work in a hospital or the community - can be on the same page when it comes to looking after a particular person. 

HealthPathways are designed to be used at the point of care, primarily for general practitioners but is also available to hospital specialists, nurses, allied health and other health professionals.

We believe the HealthPathways tool has the ability to add real value at the coalface and create the necessary impact across our health system. The system is far more user-friendly that the MoM and we encourage you to use this tool when it is launched.

The way forward

HealthShare is expected to release access to HealthPathways for our region on 1 July 2018.

Given the relatively low use of the MoM we do not foresee any major resistance or transition issues.

Translation and pathway work

The pathways of care team, under the governance of the Regional Pathways of Care Group, are in the process of translating the 126 localised (Midland) pathways onto our Midland region version of the HealthPathways tool that will be launched on 1 July 2018. 

This translation process is moving the information held in the Midland regions Map of Medicine and Bay Navigator over to the HealthPathways format. 

They are targeting nine pathways to be translated by launch date. All the other pathways will be accessible to the regions clinicians in the new tool through links until they have been translated into the HealthPathways format in the months following.

Current pathway work and any new work in the region will be published onto the new tool using the HealthPathways content as our baseline. This change in tool should not affect the momentum of pathway development work that is occurring in the region such as palliative care, eating disorders, transgender and bowel screening. The Regional Pathways of Care governance group will work with the region to determine the priority of the publication of new pathways.

Integrations

The current integrations with the BPAC patient prompt and eReferrals will be replicated in the HealthPathways tool. The team are also working with PHOs, DHBs and vendors of other clinical systems in the region to integrate the new Midland region HealthPathways into clinician workflow.

We will regularly keep you up to date throughout the transition process, and welcome your participation, thoughts and feedback.

For more information

Please contact Pinnacle Midlands Health Network medical director Dr Jo Scott Jones: drjo@pinnacle.health.nz, or speak to your GP liaison.

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