Tower Hamlets CCG chooses to pilot Arezzo Pathways clinical decision support

InferMed today announced that the Tower Hamlets Clinical Commission Group (CCG) has chosen to pilot the Arezzo Pathways clinical decision support system to support clinicians within their GP practices to access and follow clinical best practice guidelines when treating their patients.

 

InferMed today announced that the Tower Hamlets Clinical Commission Group (CCG) has chosen to pilot the Arezzo Pathways clinical decision support system to support clinicians within their GP practices to access and follow clinical best practice guidelines when treating their patients. 

Initially Arezzo Pathways will be delivered to five early adopter GP practices, before potentially being used by all 36 CCG practices. Three guidelines identified for inclusion at this stage are: atrial fibrillation, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and low back pain.

Arezzo Pathways is a web-based service that combines best practice clinical guidelines with GP clinical system patient data to generate, at the point of care, decision recommendations specific to each patient. As a result it supports clinicians in improving patient outcomes and helps them ensure appropriate use of resources by the NHS. For example, ensuring all referrals for specialist treatment are appropriate and complete eliminates wasted hospital appointments, reduces costs and supports the partnership between primary and secondary care.

It was recently announced that Arezzo Pathways has been adopted as a Lot 1 solution with England’s Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), under the expanded English GP Systems of Choice (GPSoC) Framework. Lot 1 status covers centrally funded GP Clinical IT system functionality, support and hosting. For the first time Arezzo Pathways will be available to GP practices in England with funding support from GPSoC.

Duane Lawrence, CEO of InferMed, commented, “In New Zealand, 90% of GPs have access to clinical guidelines built on the Arezzo Pathways technology and have consulted it over two and a half million times. We now look forward to the same technology being adopted more widely in the UK and we are delighted to welcome Tower Hamlets CCG as one of the first to introduce the benefits of Arezzo Pathways to its GP practices.”

NHS Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) 

Tower Hamlets CCG is a clinically-led organisation, its plans and decisions being informed by people with a medical background such as GPs and nurses who know the local area.

Since 1 April 2013 it has been responsible for planning, buying and monitoring (a process known as commissioning) a range of local health services.  This includes everything from mental health services to out of hours GP care, and from hospital services to care in the community.

It is a membership organisation formed of the 36 GP surgeries in Tower Hamlets and its work is supervised by a governing body, which includes an elected GP from each of its 8 local GP networks, a practice nurse, a practice manager, lay members and the local council.

Tower Hamlets CCG works with a wide range of health service providers and partners in the borough and across east London to plan, buy and manage local health services. These providers include Barts Health NHS Trust and the East London Foundation Trust.  It also works closely with the London Borough of Tower Hamlets (the council) to ensure a full and integrated range of health and social care services are available to the people of Tower Hamlets.