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Pathways Clinical Associates

Pathways Clinical Associates (PCA) is an independent Pathways corporate division that focuses on healthcare technologies.  Dramatically increased health knowledge strains the clinical practice model.

A single physician working with a single patient in a single “doctor-patient” relationship is unable to effectively apply all that is known about complex conditions.  Doctors first responded to this reality by establishing clinical specialties such as Internal Medicine, Family Practice, or General Surgery.

Soon it became necessary to start more specific specialties within each general category and physicians began to limit their practices to sub-specialties.  Two problems emerged from this strategy.  First, doctors still could not keep up.  Second, the healthcare system became complicated for individual patients forced to see many specialists.

It is ironic.  A single health condition can cause many clinical problems, but all occur within a single person.  Many patients with chronic conditions have too many doctors located in too many places.  Doctors have tried to solve this problem by practicing in “multi-specialty groups,” but this strategy led to huge medical centers that cause still more problems.

As a system becomes more complex, coordination falls and costs rise.  Today, the healthcare system itself is like a “patient” who needs critical care.

PCA, the Pathways Healthcare Technologies Group, “treats” this problem by providing healthcare services and helping healthcare providers adopt patient centered communication systems, integrated databases, and anytime-anywhere access to personal health solutions.

PCA Services

  • Patient-Centered Healthcare Management Consultation
  • Patient-Centered Medical Home Project Teams
  • Integrated “Virtual Clinic” Medical Databases
  • Real-Time Diagnostic and Case Management Support
  • Automated Patient Care Coordination
  • Patient Education Technologies


Organization

PCA healthcare project teams are drawn from the Pathways network of health professionals and companies.  Projects are selected with reference to their potential for health system improvement. Project teams focus on problem analysis, problem solutions, and new service implementation.

For example, to integrate neuromedical and primary healthcare for Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder neurologic conditions not usually managed by primary care professionals, PCA worked with the National Library of Medicine to create a problem detection, assessment, and clinical assistance model for primary care clinics.

PCA manages each new service until it is operational and provides additional support it via Pathways Cybernetics outreach technologies.

Operations


A five-member Pathways executive group leads PCA operations.

Each project team is an independent business unit that develops its own clinical management relationships.  The project team determines when a new clinical group is ready to function independently.

Marketing and Sales

These functions are managed by the Pathways executive team to coordinate them with marketing and sales for other Pathways groups.  Management costs are charged to PCA as oursource expenses.

Finance

Pathways provides and charges PCA for management support, billing and accounting services.