As waiting lists for specialist referrals continue to rise, we need to look at alternative ways of managing our increasing complex patient problems. OTN`s eConsult is a good option. Referrals can be sent to any specialist in the OTN directory.
Experience from the Champlain LHIN (Ottawa) has shown that the location of a specialist is not a barrier to getting the information required and avoids the need for a direct face to face consult. It's a small world when you are referring via eConsult!
Some specialties have set up province-wide specialty groups, where an administrative person receives requests and assigns them to one of the specialists in the group. The following example is a hematology referral, sent to the hematology specialty group and answered by Dr. Ian Chin-Yee, who is a hematologist at London Health Sciences.