Referral & Consultation (ASI)
Significant work is underway to improve the referral and consultation processes between primary and specialty care. There is no one activity that will improve referral and consultation on its own, so several programs and processes are being developed to be rolled out between 2022 and 2024. Much of this work is being supported through the Alberta Surgical Initiative.
The video below is a brief introduction to the referral and consultation improvements work.
Current areas of focus include:
Pathways are being co-identified and co-designed with primary and specialty providers that will give primary care providers the guidance and tools they need to manage their patients for as long as possible and as effectively as possible within the Patient’s Medical Home. Pathways will be accessible from a centralized repository.
Electronic Referral Solution
Let’s axe the fax! A closed-loop referral system is planned where community-based providers will refer directly from their EMR. Patients, referring providers, and consulting providers will all have transparency into the referral journey. CII/CPAR is a community enabler.