What is Pathways?
Funded by the GPSC, Pathways is an online resource that provides family doctors and their office staff quick access to current and accurate referral information, including wait times and areas of expertise of specialists and specialty clinics. Pathways also provides access to hundreds of patient and physician resources and searchable community service and allied health information.
Originally developed by the Fraser Northwest Division of Family Practice, Pathways is available to 34 of 35 divisions of family practice, representing approximately 95% of family physicians.
In 2019, Pathways will expand the rollout of community services - which simplifies the process of searching for a community organization to clinics and allied support staff in primary care networks.
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Who can use Pathways?
Access to Pathways is limited to family doctors who are members of a division of family practice, their staff, and/or nurse practitioners, and specialists who fall within the geographic boundaries of these divisions.
Who created Pathways?
In 2014, the Fraser Northwest Division of Family Practice developed Pathways as a tool to help improve the process of family doctors referring patients to specialists and specialty clinics. It is now accessible by divisions across BC.
Who uses it now?
Members of 34 divisions of family practice across BC now use Pathways, representing all health authorities in the province, with expansion expected to be fully complete in 2018.
How is Pathways funded?
Funding for Pathways is provided through a joint collaboration between Doctors of BC and the BC government. Individual divisions of family practice also contribute operational funding at a local level.
How do patients benefit from Pathways?
Pathways streamlines and simplifies the patient referral process, which results in more appropriate referrals, a reduction in re-referrals, and thereby more efficient patient care. The information in Pathways (e.g., wait times, details on specific areas of practice) enables family doctors to identify the most appropriate care provider to address their patients’ needs in as timely a manner as possible.
How is Pathways organized?
A provincial Pathways support team provides the technical infrastructure to operate Pathways and also provides administrative support to help guide divisions of family practice in their implementation and maintenance of Pathways. Individual divisions also provide Pathways Administrators to curate specialist and clinic data within their local region.
For more information, contact Ryan Lammertsen, Pathways Executive Lead.