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eConsults are a way for referring providers (generally primary care providers, or PCPs) to obtain input from specialists directly and rapidly, without requiring a face-to-face consultation. The goal of an eConsult is for a provider to ask a discrete question to a specialist about a non-urgent, non-complex, patient care issue that may be addressed without a specialist visit. Through the electronic referral platform, the consulting specialist has access to the patient’s health record and history, and the advice is clearly documented in the patient’s chart.

eConsults are designed to be an alternative to an in-office appointment with the specialist. In the event an in-person visit is required, the specialist can recommend tests to have completed prior to the visit which will make the ensuing visit more productive. Reducing avoidable specialty visits increases access to specialists for our more complex patients.

Currently, there are multiple practices across Partners utilizing eConsults, with over 50 specialty practices participating. Since it’s inception, there have been a total of 15,828 eConsults completed resulting in an estimated 10,288 visits avoided. As additional hospitals and practices come onto our shared electronic medical record, eConsult participation and availability will continue to expand.

Learn more about our eConsults Program in our News section.

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