Fierce Healthcare writes of findings from a new study on E-consultations, in which primary care physicians submit referrals through their electronic health record system, have shown promise as a way to streamline the process, particularly among underserved populations. The study looked a system, called eConsult, implemented by the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services in 2012. The Los Angeles program demonstrates potential for electronic consultations with specialists to deal with that gap in access to care.
- Study: Los Angeles Safety-Net Program eConsult System Was Rapidly Adopted And Decreased Wait Times To See Specialists. Health Affairs. March 2017.
- Fierce Healthcare: http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/it/electronic-consults-improve-access-to-specialty-care-la