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  • 26 June 2015

    Arcitecta improving children’s health with CAReHR through the Pathway to Good Health Project

    Arcitecta today announced the successful implementation of its Clinical Audit Research electronic Health Record (CAReHR) in the Pathway to Good Health Project. This is an initiative led by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.

    The aim of this project is to improve the wellbeing of children and young people in out-of-home care by capturing information about their health. This is important to ensure vulnerable children and young people have their physical, developmental, psychosocial and mental health needs assessed and attended to in a timely way.

    Paediatricians, mental health clinicians and speech pathologists are using CAReHR to create health assessments and treatment plans for these children and young people, and they are doing this across a number of Pathway To Good Health multi-disciplinary sites.

    CAReHR, a combined research and clinical electronic health record, makes it easy to securely store, manage and share clinical information between practitioners and professionals involved in the care of children and young people in out-of-home care in Victoria.

    The production of consistent reports of the healthcare needs of these children and young people makes it easier for the teams involved in their care to know what assessments and treatments they have had, and what treatments they need. The use of a simple tick list saves time in collecting this valuable information. The ability to review their responses to treatments from visit to visit also makes it much easier to revise and refine individual plans.

    Jason Lohrey, founder and chief technology officer at Arcitecta said: “CAReHR can easily be configured by the clinicians and hospital administrators who use it and can be adapted to any patient group or clinical service. This is a key point of innovation with CAReHR and one that arises from our collaboration with the clinicians involved in its design and those seeking a better way to manage patients with multiple health conditions,” said Mr. Lohrey.

    The clinics involved in the Pathway to Good Health Project are using CAReHR to:

    • generate health management plans and health summaries that can be sent to the child’s carer and general practitioner,
    • identify health trends and health interventions needed for children and young people sharing common health conditions, from de-identified clinical information, to ensure their healthcare needs are met and,
    • add assessment templates that cover the domains assessed by paediatricians, speech therapists and mental health workers.

    The Pathway to Good Health Project provides the child or young person with a ‘medical home’ and a comprehensive health management plan.

    Selected general practitioners conduct initial health checks, after which they refer children to a priority access system for a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary assessment led by a paediatrician.

    Currently across Victoria, there are more than 6,400 children and young people living in out-of-home care, according to figures quoted in the Department of Human Services out-of-home care five-year plan.

    The successful implementation of CAReHR for the Pathway to Good Health Project follows similar implementations in immigrant health, refugee health and the treatment of infectious diseases at a number of leading hospitals and clinics across Victoria.

    Arcitecta sees the potential to enhance patient care across a range of complex health conditions by leveraging the strong customisation and secure collaboration capabilities of CAReHR, in conjunction with clinicians and other healthcare professionals.

    About The Pathway to Good Health Project

    The project implements a comprehensive healthcare approach based on the National Clinical Assessment Framework for Comprehensive Health Assessments for Children and Young People in Out of Home Care. The Pathway to Good Health project commenced in November 2012 in Melbourne’s northwest metropolitan region, and provides a flexible healthcare pathway that includes participating general practitioners across 13 GP practices who have priority access to specialist multi-disciplinary clinics led by a paediatrician.

    The target group is all children and young people who enter any type of out of home care for the first time, as well as all children and young people currently residing in residential care.