HealthPathways is an online manual used by clinicians to help make assessment, management, and specialist request decisions for over 550 conditions.
Rather than being traditional guidelines, each pathway is an agreement between primary and specialist services on how patients with particular conditions will be managed in the local context. Each health jurisdiction tailors the content of HealthPathways to reflect local arrangements and opinion, and deploys their own instance of HealthPathways to their clinical community.
The target audience for HealthPathways is the primary care clinicians responsible for managing patients in the community, and for initiating requests (including referrals to hospital) for specialist assistance.
HealthPathways has been implemented in 43 health jurisdictions caring for over 28 million people across New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom.
The HealthPathways Community is a collaborative of all organisations implementing HealthPathways. Each organisation undertakes to share knowledge, processes, and pathways with other members of the Community.
The Community is facilitated by Streamliners. Streamliners and Canterbury District Health Board developed the original Canterbury HealthPathways between 2008 and 2011, before inviting other like-minded health jurisdictions to become part of the HealthPathways Community.
Streamliners also directly supports each region implementing HealthPathways with training and technical writing services, the publishing platform, and a shared administration and feedback system.
Read more about HealthPathways and joining the Community.