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IHC secures the "Map of Medicine" for NHS Wales

The Informing Healthcare Programme has negotiated a national contract on behalf of all NHS Wales organisations for the use of an innovative online clinical pathways tool called the Map of Medicine.

OnMedica Editorial

Tuesday, 25 April 2006


The Informing Healthcare Programme (IHC) has negotiated a national contract on behalf of all NHS Wales organisations for the use of an innovative online clinical pathways tool called the Map of Medicine.
The Map of Medicine provides over 250 evidence-based clinical care pathways in an interactive and user-friendly web based tool and its purchase is part of the Informing Healthcare continuing plan to achieve increased value for money for NHS Wales by negotiating national deals.

The Map of Medicine helps healthcare professionals to find and use specialist knowledge across Accident and Emergency (A&E), Medicine, Mental health, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Oncology and Palliative Care, Paediatrics, Radiology, and Surgery. A demonstration of the map can be seen by clicking here.

It will be available to all National Health Service (NHS) clinical staff and clinical students. In addition, managers and commissioners will be able to use it as a resource to assist in a wide range of planning activities.

Dr David Gozzard, Medical Director at Conwy and Denbighshire NHS Trust is certain the tool will bring many benefits to clinicians. He said: "The Map of Medicine has been developed by clinicians and is based on the best clinical evidence available. The pathways available to both Primary and Secondary Care clinicians will aid in the development of innovative models of treatment for all patients. I welcome the opportunity to develop agreed best practice across the health sectors."

The product is provided by Medic to Medic, a trading division of Informa Healthcare, and was purchased by Informing Healthcare to develop new methods, tools and information technologies to transform health services for the people of Wales.

It is anticipated that this will help to support clinicians as a knowledge tool to support clinical decision making and ensure patients are provided with more co-ordinated seamless care and the Informing Healthcare Programme will be evaluating the Map of Medicine during the coming year to establish and demonstrate this potential.

Informing Healthcare is currently confirming the implementation approach in conjunction with the National Leadership and Innovation Agency for Healthcare (NLIAH) and the Delivery and Support Unit (DSU). The detailed implementation plan along with details of how to register will be released to relevant NHS Wales Professionals in May 2006.

Medic to Medic is a trading division of Informa Healthcare, part of Informa UK Limited. It is the inspiration of the combination of medical entrepreneur Mike Stein and Owen Epstein, a London-based practising NHS gastroenterologist. The Map of Medicine concept was developed in partnership with University College London and The Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust in 2001. The first implementation of the Map of Medicine was in 2002. Since then it has become increasing popular with clinicians and healthcare practitioners who find it a useful and intuitive approach to identifying best practice. Informa's purchase of Medic to Medic will provide the financial backing to enable the Map of Medicine to achieve a worldwide presence.

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