eHealth Centre of Excellence

eConsult 

 

 

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What is an eConsult?

 

Electronic consult (eConsult) is a secure web-based tool that allows physician or nurse practitioner timely access to specialist advice for all patients and often eliminates the need for an in-person specialist visit.

     
 

 

“I love eConsult – so many questions in my day are too big to leave, too complicated to read about, but too small to require my patients to drive 500 km to the nearest specialist. Also, eConsult allows for specialist input now, not 10 months from now.”  - Dr. Larry Willms, Sioux Lookout 

 

 
     

 

As part of the Ontario eServices Program – led in partnership with the eConsult Centre of Excellence – the eHealth Centre of Excellence is supporting the deployment of eConsult in OH West- Waterloo Wellington and South West regions and in OH-Central- North Simcoe Muskoka, Central, Central West and Mississauga Halton regions. For other regions, please contact the eConsult Centre of Excellence.

 

Our eConsult team provides implementation support and in-person coaching for primary care clinicians and specialists who wish to use Ontario eConsult Service, hosted on the OTN Hub,  which enables primary care clinicians to connect quickly and easily with specialists for expert advice.

 

Access to Specialists:

 

In addition to over 1800 specialists, primary care clinicians also have access to 120 provincial BASE™ specialty groups, including 11 COVID-19 BASE™ managed eConsult specialty groups.

 

 

Video: how to send an eConsult

 

 

Getting started with eConsult

 

Current eReferral destinations

 

Resources and FAQs

 

Evidence

 

Publications

 

Benefits

 

 

 

How does eConsult work? 

 

  • Physicians and nurse practitioners send a secure message to a specialist or a specialty group 
  • May request treatment options, ask for advice or query if a referral is needed
  • Receive advice quickly and securely… in less than 1 day on average! 
  • Ability to have back and forth discussion or clarification
 

 

For primary care providers

 

Timely access to experience-based specialist knowledge

 

Improved confidence in the plan of care


Increased collaboration between primary care clinicians and specialists

 

Ability to send eConsults to regional specialists: learn how here!

 

Manage patient care at the family practice level, where patient trust is often the highest


 

For eConsult recipients

 

Potential to reduce unnecessary referrals and wait times!

 

Contribute to a community of practice with physicians and nurse practitioners in their region

 

Improved communication with primary care clinicians

 

An effective way to continue providing education to primary care clinicians

 

Administrative tasks are lessened, such as the need to make follow-up phone calls

 

For patients

 

Improved confidence in primary care clincian's care plan

 

Reduced anxiety related to delayed treatment

 

Potential to decrease travel required for in-person specialist visits

 

Improve access to specialist advice and care 

 

 


Where can I find billing information?

 

  • Primary care clinicians may bill OHIP K738($16/consult) as per the rules in the Schedule of Benefits (OHIP billing guide)
  • Specialists may bill an hourly rate of $200/hr pro-rated based on the length of time to takes to complete an eConsult 
  • Clinicians receiving a salary or paid through alternate funding may not receive additional compensation for using eConsult

 

 

About the Ontario eServices Program:

 

Ontario eServices Program

The Ontario eServices Program delivers digital services (eConsult and eReferral are the first initiatives in the scope of the program) that support clinical workflows and facilitate smoother transitions in care and an improved patient experience. The Ontario eServices Program is co-led by the Ontario eConsult Centre of Excellence and the eHealth Centre of Excellence and is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health.