HealthPathways, the online information resource for clinicians in Cardiff & Vale University Health Board, has been adopted by a growing number of GPs, nurses, pharmacists, allied health professionals, and hospital trainees across the health board since its launch in mid-February.

Designed by clinicians for clinicians, HealthPathways is a digital repository of pathway information written by subject matter experts in adherence to NICE guidelines. The platform can be accessed via a desktop or mobile, ensuring that referral routes for patients are instantly and easily accessible to care-givers no matter where they practice.

The aim is to reduce harm, waste, and variation, supporting Cardiff & Vale primary care clinicians to give patients the right care at the right time. The information given via this new platform is standardised across the health board, assisting clinicians in making the best and most appropriate referrals to specialists in secondary care settings, thereby reducing the number of unnecessary appointments.

Dr Sharon Hopkins, Executive Director of Transformation at Cardiff & Vale University Health Board, said, ‘We know that digital technology is going to play an ever-increasing role in the future of sustainable healthcare and we’re wholly embracing that fact.

‘HealthPathways will be an invaluable resource in improving the quality of patient care in the community by ensuring that the advice and care afforded to our patients is the same whoever they are and wherever they are treated.’