A GP must have a good working knowledge of 167 problems to cover 85% of the conditions they will see most frequently.Cooke G, Valenti L, Glasziou P, Britt H. Common general practice presentations and publication frequency. Australian Family Physician 2013; 42 (1-2): 65-68
Two million Australians visit a general practice each week. This provides an ideal opportunity for prevention and early intervention across a range of patient presentations.
In a time of accelerating evidence generation and proliferation of guidelines, Future Health Today provides primary care practitioners with easy access to the latest recommendations to support their clinical decision making.
Future Health Today uses sophisticated algorithms to review patient records in general practice and automate the identification of patients who require further testing, diagnosis or management.
Recommendations are displayed in a point of care tool during the patient consultation and in a portal for proactive patient management and tracking over time.
The point of care tool provides diagnosis and management recommendations and facilitates shared decision making between doctor and patient with clinical guidelines and consumer resources linked to the recommendations.
Patient cohort management, tracking, recall lists and educational opportunities are all available via the portal.
Future Health Today supports primary care to provide individualised, guideline concordant care to patients.
General practices in the Future Health Today network are at the forefront of real-world implementation research, piloting and optimising disease recommendation modules.
If your general practice would like to join the Future Health Today network, or if you are involved in a research project and would like to discuss a new recommendation module, please get in touch with the team.
Optimisation of a Quality Improvement Tool for Cancer Diagnosis in Primary Care: Qualitative Study
(Published in JMIR Formative Research)
Future Health Today: Exploring barriers and facilitators to implementation of a new technology platform for quality improvement in general practice
(Delivered at the AAAPC 2020 conference)
General practice research: an investment to improve the health of all Australians
(Published in Medical Journal of Australia)
Co-designing technology to improve Chronic Kidney Disease in general practice
(Poster presented at the 8th Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation)
(Published in Health Informatics Journal)
The development of Future Health Today: piloting a new platform for identification and management of chronic disease in general practice. (Published in Australian Journal of Primary Health)
Future Health Today operates in accordance with relevant privacy and health records legislation and has been granted the necessary ethics approvals by The University of Melbourne. Consent and legal agreement are received from the participating general practices before implementation on site. Data within practice electronic medical records known to normally contain personally-identifiable information will not be extracted from general practices.
For further information about data governance, please contact the Future Health Today team.
Past Project ECHO® didactic presentations available to view:
Chronic kidney disease
Future Health Today is a collaboration between The University of Melbourne and Western Health.
We acknowledge the generous support of our funders – Paul Ramsay Foundation, Melbourne Academic Centre for Health, Cancer Research UK, MTPConnect.
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