eConsult reduces wait times and gets high marks from primary care providers

May 27, 2015

Drs. Clare Liddy and Erin Keely continue to advance their research on eConsult, a virtual consultation tool they developed that dramatically decreases wait times for specialty medical advice. A recent publication in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine revealed that more than 90 percent of primary care providers surveyed found the use of eConsults very valuable for their patients and themselves. Another study published in the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners examined differences in how nurse practitioners and family physicians use eConsult. And finally, an economic analysis published in the Global Telehealth 2015: Integrating Technology and Information for Better Healthcare conference papers revealed that as eConsult becomes more widely used, it will have significant potential for cost-savings. The tool is now available throughout Eastern Ontario, Missauga-Halton region and Nunavut.
Co-authors: Afkham A, Blazho V, Deri Armstrong C , Drosinis P, Hogel M, Joschko J, McKellips F, Mito-Yobo F.

Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute is the research arm of The Ottawa Hospital and is an affiliated institute of the University of Ottawa, closely associated with its faculties of Medicine and Health Sciences. The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute includes more than 1,700 scientists, clinical investigators, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and staff conducting research to improve the understanding, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of human disease. Support our research. Give to the Tender Loving Research campaign.

For further information, please contact

Lois Ross
Senior Communications Specialist
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Office: 613-737-8899 x73687
Cell: 613-297-8315