eConsult is a secure web-based tool that allows physicians or nurse practitioners timely access to specialist advice for all patients and often eliminates the need for an in-person specialist visit.
The program, with the support of the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care, integrates two successful initiatives: BASE™ Managed Specialty model and the Ontario Telemedicine Network’s (OTN) Direct to Specialist model. The program includes 4 services: Champlain BASE™ regional service, Ontario eConsult service, Teledermatology and Teleophthalmology.
How is an eConsult different from an informal consultation?
In many organized care settings, when a Primary Care Provider (PCP) has a question about a patient, they are able to approach a colleague and ask for advice. These “hallway consultations” happen frequently and though the PCP often gets the advice needed, there is no formal documentation of the consultation. There is also no way for the specialist to get paid.