Healthcare providers strive to deliver excellent and cost-effective patient care. Decisions on how to achieve it should be supported by robust evidence. However, decision-makers often lack the required information and tools. In order to understand the impact of new and innovative ways of delivering healthcare to patients, we need to understand how it might impact on the patient journey and the associated costs.
We can design projects which map out current care delivered and then brainstorm ‘what-if’ pathways which show how new services and products could change care. This is particularly important to develop theoretical evidence for the impact and cost of services, and to understand opportunities for improving care.
First, we conduct desk research to obtain available published information on the current best practice pathways. We can then conduct brainstorming sessions with you and your team, and also organise sessions with experts such as clinicians. At the end of those workshops, we will have a set of patient pathways with the steps and resources to deliver that care.
Next, we would input the pathways into our bespoke cloud-based pathway mapping tool. This allows you to visualise the pathway, and it will simultaneously estimate the costs associated with the pathway. In this way, you can compare different pathways, for example using a new diagnostic test.
Results can also be used to compare care across different services, for example a national best practice compared to actual practice, to understand where there may be inequalities or areas for improving care. Have a look at examples of our pathway mapping projects on idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and sexually transmitted infections.
The tool comes with a comprehensive database of NHS costs, and uses these to automatically generate the total pathway cost, but your local costs can be used. We have the power to manipulate all inputs including treatments, diagnostics, clinical staffing, and other consumables. This lets us easily explore and compare different pathway options. Results can then be saved and shared with colleagues.
People from across healthcare organisations can benefit from our tool including: clinical staff, service and finance managers, commissioners, policy makers, researchers, commercial companies, and you.
Using our tool on projects makes it simple for us to help you
- Optimise current patient care and plan cost-effective services
- Explore the impact of new products and healthcare innovation
- Benchmark local costs against national tariffs
- Enable dialogue and communication across stakeholders
The tool has been used previously to explore pathways for other disease areas such as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and sexual health.
Get in touch to find out how we can use our pathway mapping tool to help you.