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Middletown, Connecticut 06457


The purpose of this study is to evaluate the implementation of an electronic consultation model for specialty services (eConsults) to improve quality of care and reduce health system costs. An eConsult is a non-face-to-face consultation between a primary care provider and a specialist that takes place via secure messaging.

Study summary:

The study is a randomized, controlled trial where the intervention is the evidence-based eConsult model in which consults are submitted by electronic, secure messaging to a specialist for review and "virtual" consultation. Primary Care Providers will be randomized to the control or intervention group. In the intervention group, ALL new, non urgent, adult cardiology referrals will be submitted to the eConsult Cardiology team for an eConsult. Consults for children (age <18) and consults for patients who already have an established relationship with another cardiologist will not be eligible for an eConsult. Urgent consults, such as those for patients with active chest pain or other acute conditions, will not be submitted for eConsult and should instead be handled by the on-site care team as per the standard protocol. For eConsults, the consult will be submitted using the eConsult pathway within the electronic health record. eConsults will be created in the same way that standard referrals are created, with attachment of a treatment summary, EKG, relevant results, and specification of the consultative question. The eConsult will be received by the intervention Cardiology team and reviewed within 2 business days. One cardiologist per day will be assigned to review and respond to eConsults. The result will be received by the primary care provider who will be responsible for acting appropriately on the cardiologist's recommendations. Recommendations will be case specific and may include one of three broad areas of suggestion: 1) suggestions for ongoing management by the primary care provider, 2) suggestions for additional testing in advance of a cardiology face to face appointment or to better determine a next course of action, and 3) immediate cardiology referral. For each of these options, the primary care provider will be responsible for following up and implementing the recommendations made by the Cardiologist. When referral is recommended the primary care provider will refer the patient to the cardiologist of their choice based on their location and the patient's preference. While not required, they may refer the patient to the eConsult cardiology team at University of Connecticut for face to face care if desirable, but may also refer to other Cardiologists. The intervention will last one year. Providers randomized to the control group will provide standard care which involves a traditional referral for an in-person cardiology visit.


Inclusion Criteria: - Primary Care Provider at Community Health Center, Inc who work at least 30 hours per week and see adult patients Exclusion Criteria: -



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
J. Nwando Olayiwola, MD, MPH
Center for Excellence in Primary Care, University of California, San Francisco

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Location Contact:

Middletown, Connecticut 06457
United States

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Site Status: N/A

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: June 25, 2018

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