The Progressing and Transforming Health (PATH) initiative sets out the direction for health information in the northern region to 2020.
Health information systems need to change to support new models of healthcare. Any improvement in healthcare can only occur with better information and universal sharing of that information between hospitals, GPs, pharmacists, laboratories, physiotherapists and other health providers, and patients themselves. Access to information is key to people looking after themselves, to more timely and effective medical treatment and better planning for health resources.
The PATH summary describes what this new health information system will look like, and what we need to do to put it in place. It has been developed with the involvement of primary, community and secondary care and has been formally accepted by the region’s four district health boards.