Clinical Pathways represent access to standardization of health care to support the implementation of clinical pathways and protocols. They differ from clinical guidelines and protocols precisely because they represent a set of practical treatment processes with details and emphasis on how clinical pathways are implemented, including clinical guidelines and non-clinical activities.
Clinical pathways are also known as integrated care routes, coordinated care routes, care maps or expected recovery paths – they represent a task oriented treatment plan that details the essential steps in treating patients with specific clinical problems and describes the expected clinical course of the patient..
Multidisciplinary approach to coordinate treatment
- Doctors – use of clinical pathways on a daily basis, to provide adequate instructions,
- Nurses – reviewed the order and confirm their completion,
- Other members of the medical team, such as therapists, nutritionists, residents and officials – execute all orders within the clinical pathways that relate to them.
The patient’s progress in the system are reviewed, monitored and complemented by doctors and other medical staff.
Clinical pathways promote continuous improvement of quality and reliable health care and help in achieving the objectives, such as:
- improving the quality of care of the patient,
- more efficient use of medical resources and
- supporting the clinical efficacy of medical staff
- Provide the user with a central repository (medical registry) and an IT solution for clinical pathways
- Model and enable the execution of clinical pathways through various HIS and other specialized medical systems
- Enable the interaction of clinical pathways with the registry of patients within the HIS or the Central state patient archives and the LIS system
The software will not replace the decision of the doctor, but it enables a systematic nature and speed in their daily work, and provides an opportunity for orientation towards their own perspective.