1000minds is used for prioritizing patients for access to elective (non-urgent) health care.

Public health systems worldwide have limited funding (typically, from taxes or social insurance). Inevitably, therefore, they are constrained with respect to the range and quantities of health services they are able to provide to patients.

Consequently, tough decisions about which patients are offered elective or ‘planned’ (i.e. non-urgent) services, such as hip replacements, cataract surgery, etc, have to be made on a daily basis.

Prioritizing elective patients in New Zealand

In NZ, since 2004, prioritization systems consisting of explicit criteria and weights for ranking patients have been created for more than 20 elective services by the Ministry of Health and clinicians using 1000minds.

1000minds also built the online platform for implementing these prioritization systems across the country’s hospitals, known as the National Prioritization Web Service.

  • For more information about NZ’s use of 1000minds for prioritizing patients, please read this case study.
  • A process for creating patient prioritization tools is outlined here.
  • 1000minds’ engagements with NZ’s Ministry of Health are summarised here.

Inspired by NZ’s success with 1000minds (e.g. see awards), the approach summarised above, supported by 1000minds, has also been implemented in Canada, under the leadership of the Western Canada Waiting List Project.

This large body of work in NZ and Canada, spanning 20 years, is documented in more than a dozen peer-reviewed publications, as below.

The approach, supported by 1000minds, was also used for prioritizing social services, including health care, for ‘people in need’ in the UK.

Also, during the Covid-19 pandemic, tools for prioritizing Covid-19 patients for intensive care were quickly built using 1000minds.

Peer-reviewed publications

About the use of 1000minds for patient prioritization.

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