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eConsult Cutting Wait Times in Huron Perth

Why it matters: The eConsult platform is demonstrating significant results in Huron Perth by avoiding 426 unnecessary referrals and cutting patient wait times and travel. This digital integration enhances both patient and provider experiences, showcasing the region’s commitment to innovative, efficient, and people-centered care.


By the Numbers:

  • 426 unnecessary referrals avoided, significantly reducing patient wait times and travel.
  • 886 eConsults conducted last year, improving access to specialists without in-person visits.
  • 207 primary care providers connected to the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTH).
  • 51 active senders deeply engaged with the system in the last six months.


A Deeper Dive: The Huron Perth & Area Ontario Health Team (HPA-OHT) is leading digital healthcare integration, focusing on enhanced service through advanced tools. The eConsult platform streamlines processes, centring care on individual needs and ensuring timely, appropriate treatment.


Technology Highlights:

  • The OceanMD platform facilitates easy initiation of eConsults, akin to electronic referrals.
  • Integration of the Health Report Manager (HRM) with OTN allows automatic import of eConsult details into EMRs, simplifying record management and ensuring data integrity.
  • Expansion with new specialists, including a breastfeeding specialist group, broadens support for the community.


South West Region Engagement Stats:

  • 1,497 primary care providers with OHT Hub access in the South West region.
  • 306 active referrers, indicating strong digital tool engagement.


Strategic Vision: The eConsult program is pivotal in transforming Huron Perth’s healthcare landscape, bridging primary care and specialist services, and ushering in a new era of personalized and precise healthcare.

Visit our Digital Health Tools webpage to learn more about HPA-OHT’s innovations. Contact Victoria Warwick, HPA-OHT Manager of Integrated Care, for more details.