Specialist consults made easier for doctors – CBC

93 medical professionals have now signed on, province says

Jun 14, 2023

P.E.I.’s health minister has high hopes for a new program aimed at making it easier for medical specialists to talk to primary care providers about patient care.

Mark McLane announced the program in the legislature Tuesday.

The Virtual Hallway platform lets nurse practitioners and family doctors schedule a time to connect with a specialist over the phone, at no cost to them.

During these consultations, primary care providers can ask specialists for advice on treatment and discuss a patient’s medical history.

“Through the brief consultation, specialists will provide input on a patient’s condition and care plan, which will also ensure appropriate referrals to follow-up services in person are made,” McLane said.

The minister said that so far, 72 primary care providers and 21 specialists have signed on to use the platform, which he called “transformative to our health-care system.” Since the program launched last month, there have been 32 consultations, he added.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-legislature-virtual-hallway-announced-1.6875344

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