MedicalDirector adds Map of Medicine to sidebar widget

Clinical and practice management software vendor MedicalDirector has integrated the Map of Medicine clinical care pathways tool with its MedicalDirector Sidebar, meaning clinicians can access the pathways while they have their clinical system open at the point of care.

Map of Medicine has also been linked to the National Health Service Directory (NHSD) following work done by the Frankston-Mornington Peninsula Medicare Local. This allows clinicians to directly access a list of local providers during a consultation.

Originally developed in the UK by two doctors in association with University College London and the Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust, Map of Medicine was initially designed to improve referrals to hospitals.

Now it is also used to provide guidance to GPs in referring to local healthcare organisations and to create local care maps.

MedicalDirector signed on to become the Australian distribution arm in an agreement with Map of Medicine last year. While the platform is marketed at Medicare Locals – soon to become Primary Health Networks (PHNs) – which can purchase a licence on behalf of general practices in their catchment, the idea has always been to integrate it within clinical software to best reflect GPs' workflow.

Clinicians can use MedicalDirector Sidebar during a consultation to instantly access pathways and information relevant to the patient’s presenting condition. When the clinician enters a patient diagnosis, MedicalDirector Sidebar uses this to search the database in Map of Medicine. The search results are filtered and locally relevant information is given priority.

“Map of Medicine has always supported care pathway programs, and this hugely improved integration makes the process of using and finding pathways easier, in turn making it easier for clinicians to do their job,” MedicalDirector CEO Phil Offer said.

Shelley Kleinhans, COO of the Metro North Brisbane Medicare Local, which first began using Map of Medicine in 2013 for its Pathways Program, said it had been a great success in her area, where it is available to GPs, specialists, hospital clinicians, allied health professionals and practice nurses.

“Now that we have access via the MedicalDirector Clinical widget, it is even easier to access and we anticipate even greater levels of clinical adoption,” Ms Kleinhans said.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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