HealthPathways: creating a pathway for health systems reform

Robinson, Suzanne, Varhol, Richard, Bell, Colin, Quirk, Frances and Durrington, Learne 2015, HealthPathways: creating a pathway for health systems reform, Australian health review, vol. 39, no. 1, pp. 9-11, doi: 10.1071/AH14155.

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Title HealthPathways: creating a pathway for health systems reform
Author(s) Robinson, Suzanne
Varhol, Richard
Bell, ColinORCID iD for Bell, Colin
Quirk, Frances
Durrington, Learne
Journal name Australian health review
Volume number 39
Issue number 1
Start page 9
End page 11
Total pages 3
Publisher CSIRO Publishing
Place of publication Sydney, N.S.W.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 0156-5788
Summary Inefficiencies in the co-ordination and integration of primary and secondary care services in Australia, have led to increases in waiting times, unnecessary presentations to emergency departments and issues around poor discharge of patients. HealthPathways is a program developed in Canterbury, New Zealand, that builds relationships between General Practitioners and Specialists and uses information technology so that efficiency is maximised and the right patient is given the right care at the right time. Healthpathways is being implemented by a number of Medicare Locals across Australia however, little is known about the impact HealthPathways may have in Australia. This article provides a short description of HealthPathways and considers what it may offer in the Australian context and some of the barriers and facilitators to implementation. What is known about the topic? Early evidence on HealthPathways suggests that the program does seem to be strengthening relationships between GPs and secondary care specialists. In New Zealand advances in efficiency and system integration have been noted. However, there is limited evidence on the effectiveness of HealthPathways in Australia. What does this paper add? It is one of the first published papers to provide a perspective around HealthPathways and draws existing evidence and research to explore some of the barriers and facilitators to the development and implementation of HealthPathways in Australia. What are the implications for practitioners'? Early evidence suggests HealthPathways could help GPs and other practitioners' in the delivery of health services, it could also help to strengthen practitioner relationships.
Language eng
DOI 10.1071/AH14155
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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