More ways to deliver care to patients
OTN eConsult connects referring physicians and nurse practitioners to specialists, providing the opportunity to inform clinical decision making without sending the patient to see the specialist in person. Through a private and secure web page, referring providers can ask a specialist a clinical question about their patient and receive advice quickly and securely… in less than 3 days on average.
OTN, in conjunction with OntarioMD, has launched eConsult in Toronto Central, Central, Central East, South West and North East Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs). The Champlain LHIN, also in partnership with OTN and OntarioMD, offers their own version of an econsult program known as BASE. It is available in the Champlain LHIN as well as the Mississauga Halton LHIN.
eConsult is available to referring providers in new LHINs1 on a limited basis. There are 2 models available during this extension:
- Submit case directly to a specialist OR to next available specialist in a specialty group
- 85+ specialist types mainly from South West, Toronto Central, Central, Central East and North East LHINs
OTN and Champlain BASE have collaborated to integrate the Managed Service Model into the OTNhub. A six-month pilot leveraging this solution will begin in Kingston starting February 2017.
1 New LHINs include Erie St Clair, Waterloo Wellington, Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant, Central East, South East, North Simcoe Muskoka, and North West
Access OTN eConsult by signing up for an OTNhub account.
About OTN eConsult
eConsult specialties include:
Endocrinology and Metabolism
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Other: GP specializing in Pain Management
Other: Geriatric Psychiatry
Other: Refugee Care
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
- Find and select a specialist from a directory of providers
- Ask and respond to requests for consultation
- Securely and efficiently exchange patient health information
- Better coordinate the care of their patients
eConsult for Ontario Physicians
eConsult connects referring physicians and nurse practitioners to specialists, providing the opportunity to inform clinical decision making without sending the patient to see the specialist in person. Video courtesy of OntarioMD.
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TeleophthalmologyTimely, accessible eye care, so eye disease is more likely to be discovered, and treated, before irreversible vision loss.
TelepsychiatryOTN enables access to care for more than 100,000 mental health and addiction patients annually. Telemedicine provides a welcome relief by providing timely access to care without the need for extensive travel.
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Integrating eVisit in clinical care
Today, healthcare professionals across Ontario are using telemedicine across many therapeutic areas of care. They can connect quickly with their patients, and when necessary, with specialists, to deliver high quality care while improving the patient experience.
Use apps and other devices to monitor patients or coach them to manage their condition at home – ideal for patients with chronic conditions, or mobility issues.
OTN is at the forefront of telemedicine innovation, keeping care closer to home. We continue to introduce new apps to better serve patients and providers in the delivery of care.
- Patients are able to live their best possible life. Telehomecare complements the care provided by their primary care provider.
- The patient’s doctor is provided with regular reports on the patient’s status and early warning of potential worsening of the condition.
- This service reduces unnecessary visits to the emergency department and hospital admissions.
HOW IT WORKS
Telehomecare supports patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or congestive heart failure (CHF), plus diabetes as a comorbidity, through health coaching and remote monitoring. Telehomecare is free to patients.
- A primary care provider refers a patient to the CCAC, FHT or hospital delivering Telehomecare in the region.
- A technician installs home monitoring equipment.
- Patients use home-based technology to measure blood pressure, oxygen, weight, and to answer simple questions about how they are feeling.
- Specially-trained registered nurses or certified respiratory therapists monitor daily vital signs and provide weekly health coaching by telephone.