Murray HealthPathways is a free web based portal that was officially launched in our catchment on 9 November, 2016. It is available to be used by clinicians at the point of care, to access evidence based, locally accessible patient pathways.
Murray PHN is building HealthPathways with local health services and clinical teams to design the best ways to provide timely and appropriate care.
As at March 2017, 97 health professionals have been actively involved in pathway development, 88 localised pathways are complete, in excess of 7000 pathway pages have been viewed, with the most accessed clinical pages being acute chest pain, emergency departments and chronic pain.
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Your pathway to better health outcomes
Quality patient care through connected services
Murray PHN’s vision is better health and wellbeing for our community through better care and better systems. One major investment that will work towards achieving this vision is Murray HealthPathways.
The HealthPathways process brings together local experts to research and agree on best practice care and localised referral options. Murray HealthPathways will use a localised, collaborative and structured approach to making decisions around coordinating patient care between acute and primary health services. It is a web based portal that stores agreed evidenced based, locally accessible patient pathways for a range of health conditions.
Murray PHN joins 25 other health regions across Australia and New Zealand who have signed up for HealthPathways.
Making local referral information available to health professionals enables patients to receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time. We know this is so important, especially within rural communities, to improve the standard of care and minimise variations in care.
Murray HealthPathways will give GPs and health professionals free access to hundreds of best practice clinical models of care and a growing list of detailed local referral pathways all in one spot. With ever-changing health systems and movement of practitioners, it is a challenge for GP practices to stay abreast of ever-changing referral options available to their patients.
The local 'health system'
HealthPathways should enable less demand on acute and residential care services, as patients are better managed in the community. It will help to minimise variations in treatment, and reduce unnecessary hospital visits across our region, where there are an estimated 71,500 potentially avoidable hospital bed days each year.
By clinicians for clinicians
Introducing Murray PHN's Clinical Editors and how HealthPathways are developed.
Pathways is the product of a rich regional collaboration, with more than 85 health professionals and five partner hospitals taking part in clinical working groups to develop local pathways.
Clinicians are invited to get involved with Murray PHN and Murray HealthPathways by:
- Participating as a working group member in the development and review of pathways
- Requesting an information session be delivered to your team
- Suggesting a HealthPathways to be developed
What you told us
We surveyed health professionals in September 2016 asking about awareness of HealthPathways and expectations of use. The results are summarised below.
We will do a follow up survey in mid 2017 to compare the expected and actual use of HealthPathways which will guide our continual improvement.
Suggest a Pathway
Tools and resources
Contact your local Murray HealthPathways team for more information, or to request access:
t: 03 5441 7806
t: 03 5831 5399
North East Victoria
t: 02 6041 0000
North West Victoria
t: 03 4040 4300