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E-Consultations (NHS Yorkshire and the Humber)

Electronic Clinician-to-Clinician Advice Service (E-consultations) A number of sites across Yorkshire and the Humber have implemented clinician-to-clinician communication and decision-making support on referrals, tests and medication etc. Known as E-consultation, the service enables primary care clinicians to seek advice from specialists in secondary care by sending an electronic message through a shared system. For less complex cases this can allow more of the patient care to be managed in the primary care setting and can sometimes remove the need for referral to an outpatient appointment. The shared view of the patient record provides the secondary care clinician with information on (more...)
Electronic Clinician-to-Clinician Advice Service (E-consultations) A number of sites across Yorkshire and the Humber have implemented clinician-to-clinician communication and decision-making support on referrals, tests and medication etc. Known as E-consultation, the service enables primary care clinicians to seek advice from specialists in secondary care by sending an electronic message through a shared system. For less complex cases this can allow more of the patient care to be managed in the primary care setting and can sometimes remove the need for referral to an outpatient appointment. The shared view of the patient record provides the secondary care clinician with information on interventions, tests and care planning etc undertaken in general practice and/or community services. The original pilot in Bradford 's Chronic Kidney Disease Service has highlighted significant benefit to patient care and as a result, a number of other specialties have now launched similar e-consultation services. A number of other health communities have also taken on the innovation with particular focus on Diabetes care. The hope is that this approach will be adopted on a wider scale with no geographical boundaries being an obstacle for improved patient care. (less...)

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