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Thursday, April 08, 2004

The Map of Medicine

I hope to take this opportunity to introduce you to the Map of Medicine, and, for those who have heard of it, to keep you up-to-date.

The Map of Medicine is an online clinical resource that supports daily clinical practice, clinical governance and risk management. The Map takes the form of 240, and increasing, patient pathways or journeys.

Like an A-Z ‘The Map’ helps clinicians to find and use specialist level knowledge. Each patient journey starts from first presentation e.g. to a Primary Care provider or A&E, usually with specific symptoms, through referral to a Consultant in a hospital and back to Primary Care for further management as required.

The Map of Medicine is fully localisable and has been designed to be aesthetically pleasing and intuitive to use.

The initial development work was carried out at the Royal Free and UCL hospitals and associated general practices. Over 250 clinicians have been involved in creating the Map’s content. Medic-to-Medic (http://medic-to-medic.com) publishes the Map of Medicine.

The Map of Medicine and NeLH are partnered in delivering a programme of work for the National Knowledge Service to integrate NeLH with the ICRS (Integrated Care Records Service) (Toth, B. 2004 The National Knowledge Infrastructure. National Knowledge Service http://www.nks.nhs.uk/docs/The%20National%20Knowledge%20Infrastructure%20v%201.0.pdf).

You may have heard about the Map of Medicine from Dr. Mike Stein, Medical Director of Medic-to-Medic, Muir Gray or Ben Toth, Co-Directors of the NeLH. Over the next weeks and months I will keep you informed of developments by emailing this list and posting to the DLnet weblog. Also, we expect to send many of you a CD-ROM to demonstrate the Map of Medicine later this spring.


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