Getting patients on the right pathway in the Midland region
Pathways of Care enhance the quality of care across the health sector by improving patient outcomes and experiences, ensuring all patients have equal access to quality healthcare and making best use of resources.
HealthShare’s Pathways of Care team supports the clinical pathways and eReferral programmes in the Midland region. These programmes are enabled by the HealthPathways and BPAC eReferrals electronic tools.
HealthPathways connects Midland health professionals with a large clinical community throughout New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom, where they can collaborate, share knowledge and service improvement ideas, and transform pathways of care for patients.
BPAC eReferrals is a single shared eReferral platform used by the five Midland District Health Boards (DHBs) and all Midland Primary Health Organisations (PHOs). eReferrals are coordinated centrally, in collaboration with hospital clinicians, general practice and other health agencies, to ensure safe and appropriate transfer of care between providers.
Pathways of Care is overseen by a regional governance group. The work programme is developed based on key needs identified by HealthShare’s regional clinical networks. Other areas of improvement can be identified by the DHBs, PHOs or other interested parties in the Midland region.
Clinicians, managers and consumer advocates work together to review the current pathway for patients with a certain condition. They identify areas where the pathway can be improved and work with DHBs, PHOs and other service providers to make changes. This information is then shared on the HealthPathways tool and the referral to specialised services to support patients with their care will be generated.
You can find out more about how Pathways of Care supports the work of clinical networks in the Midland region by viewing the 2018/2019 Workplan.