The Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI), in partnership with Canada Health Infoway, the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, is announcing the successful expansion of provider-to-provider remote consult services, improving patient access to specialist advice in primary care in seven provinces.
Through the 18-month Connected Medicine: Enhancing Primary Access to Specialist Consult collaboration, primary care providers initiated more than 12,300 remote consults with specialists to support patient care. Teams from Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Quebec, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, and the Department of National Defense, enrolled more than 2,200 primary care practitioners and 800 specialists, including many in underserved rural and remote regions.
“RACE has been very well received by both family physicians and specialists. Family physicians can access advice in a timely way and specialists report feeling good about supporting their colleagues. Best of all, patients are positive about their ability to access specialist care in a timely manner,” Margot Wilson, Director, Shared Care & Virtual Health with Providence Healthcare and Garey Mazowita, Clinical Professor, University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine, co-founders of RACE.
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