Summary Writer: Jorja Braden
Editor: Bruce Way
Interviewee: Kate George
James talks to Kate George, a General Practitioner, and Angus Ritchie, a Nephrologist, about clinical pathways for patients.
Dr Kate George is a General Practitioner at Leichhardt in Sydney’s Inner West, Clinical Editor for HealthPathways Sydney and a Supervisor and Clinical Teaching Visitor for GPSynergy.
Dr Angus Ritchie is a Staff Specialist Nephrologist at Concord Hospital, Physician Informaticist for Sydney Local Health District and Clinical Lead for HealthPathways Sydney.
With Dr Kate George, General Practitioner, Leichhardt Sydney and Dr Angus Richie, Nephrology Staff Specialist at Concord Repatriation General Hospital, New South Wales, Australia
Clinical Pathways are a healthcare tool used to assist in the navigation of a patient from the community, through primary and secondary care systems and back into the community. HealthPathways Sydney is a large clinical pathway project based in the Inner West of Sydney which generates locally agreed best practice clinical pathways for patients across a range of chronic and acute medical conditions. Although the use of such pathways is primarily designed for general practitioners, all healthcare practitioners, including junior medical officers are finding that such an integrated portal allows for numerous advantages in patient care, both in the primary and secondary facilities.
Example of the Use of the Clinical Pathways in the Primary and Secondary Care Centres
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