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OBJECTIVES We have improved access to specialist care and decreased wait times in our region through the development and implementation of the Champlain BASE (Building Access to Specialists through eConsultation) service. This secure, web-based tool allows primary care providers (PCPs) quick access to specialist advice for their patients and often helps to(More)
BACKGROUND Many health organizations are exploring the potential of electronic consultation (eConsult) services to address excessive wait times for specialist care. OBJECTIVE To understand the effectiveness, population impact and costs associated with implementation of eConsult services. METHODS We conducted a systematic review using a narrative(More)
Electronic consultation can improve access to specialist care. However, specialists have been identified as less likely to adopt electronic solutions in clinical settings. We conducted an online survey to explore the perspectives of specialists who use the Champlain BASE eConsult service in Eastern Ontario, Canada. Specialists were asked their opinions on(More)
Excessive wait times and poor access to care are among the most significant problems facing health care service delivery in Canada and beyond. We implemented the Champlain BASE eConsult service in the region of Ottawa, Canada to increase access to specialist care. We have collected ongoing utilization data and provider surveys over a three year period,(More)
Practice facilitation can help family physicians adopt evidence-based guidelines. However, many practices struggle to effectively implement practice changes that result in meaningful improvement. Building on our previous research, we examined the barriers to and enablers of implementation perceived by practice facilitators (PF) in helping practices to adopt(More)
OBJECTIVE This study estimates the costs and potential savings associated with all eConsult cases completed between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2015. DESIGN Costing evaluation from the societal perspective estimating the costs and potential savings associated with all eConsults completed during the study period. SETTING Champlain health region in Eastern(More)
Electronic consultation (eConsult) is an innovative solution that allows specialists and primary care providers to communicate electronically, improving access to specialist care. Understanding the cost implications of different remuneration models available to pay specialists is of critical importance as adoption of these services continues to increase. We(More)
Objective: The objective of the study is to examine the Champlain. BASETM (Building Access to Specialists through eConsultation) eConsult service's impact on access to care for older persons. Methods: We conducted a cross-sectional analysis of all eConsult cases submitted between April 15, 2011, and July 31, 2015, in which the patient was above the age of(More)
OBJECTIVE To identify the proportion and evaluate the content of eConsults (electronic consultations) in which the Champlain BASE (Building Access to Specialists through eConsultation) eConsult process prompted a referral to a specialist that was not originally contemplated by the primary care provider (PCP). DESIGN Cross-sectional study of all eConsults(More)
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