November 29th, 2011

E-consults hold promise for efficient PCP and specialist interaction

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A recent report published by The Commonwealth Fund finds that electronic consultation between primary care physicians and specialists could improve healthcare quality and reduce specialty care costs. However, e-consultation will be limited unless physicians can earn incentives and be reimbursed for use of the technology…At the Mayo Clinic, researchers extrapolated that if each provider ordered e-consults two to three times monthly, the system could avoid 1,800 specialty consultations per year, reducing direct costs by $450,000 annually.

Healthcare IT, by Franz Irving, 11/29/11

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