“We now have solid evidence that e-consults improve access to care, improve patient experience, and save money. It is exciting that an increasing number of payers are recognizing this and covering the costs.”
-Daren Anderson, MD, Director Weitzman Institute
“With e-consults, primary and specialty care providers are communicating about patients and delivering care that reduces travel time and low-value visits, and improves the information that a specialist has when they see a patient.”
“E-consults are conversations between primary and specialty care providers that have high value in that they lead to better outcomes at decreased costs.”
Mike Witte, MD, VP and CMO California Primary Care Association
E-Consult News & Events
- Registration is open for the 6th Annual E-Consult Meeting on November 16th: Improving Access in a Time of Crisis and Beyond. This year’s virtual event agenda features keynote speaker J. Nwando Olayiwola, MD, MPH, FAAFP, Chair and Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine at The Ohio State University. Register here.
- The September 16th E-Consult Workgroup featured Dr. Shalina Nair and Candy Magaña of the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center presenting, Telehealth as a Bright Spot of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Recommendations from the Virtual Frontlines. In addition, Dr. Alpesh Amin, UC Irvine School of Medicine shared his recent report, An eConsult Program to Improve Patient Access to Specialty Care in an Academic Health System.
- E-Consult Program Dramatically Reduces GI Clinic’s Wait List: After its e-consult adoption, the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School’s FQHC gastrointestinal clinic was able to decrease its wait list of hundreds of patients. Read more here.
- E-Consult COVID-19 Resources: View updates to e-consult provider services, policies and best practices in response to the pandemic.
Expanding Safety Net Access to Specialty Care With E-Consult:
Best Practices and Tools for Payers, Providers, Policymakers and Patient Advocates
E-Consult Workgroup Sponsors
Funding and support for the E-Consult Toolkit is provided by California Health Care Foundation. Our thanks to Blue Shield of California Foundation for the project’s original funding. Our goal is to offer primary and specialty care providers, health IT experts, and patient care advocates information and tools for e-consult readiness assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation.