Helping improve access to surgical consults and reducing the workload for health care providers
As part of Nova Scotia Health's Surgical Access and Quality Improvement Strategy, IWK Health’s quality improvement plan, and government’s Action for Health Strategic Plan, a new single-entry intake model for managing and coordinating surgical consult referrals in Nova Scotia launched in March 2023.
This model allows referrals to surgeons to be coordinated through a central office, rather than being sent directly to individual surgeon’s offices. This is being supported by an eReferral tool that makes the referral process easier and faster. This initiative aims to help improve access to surgical care, help to reduce wait times and improve the overall experience for providers and patients.
Before you can begin using Ocean eReferrals your clinic or office will first need to set up an Ocean site. Clinics and offices are asked to designate a contact to help set up their site. Please go to the 'For Clinic Contacts' page to get started.
Improved communication about referral status and what to expect
Continued choice/more informed choice (wait times, etc.)
More equitable access to services
Helps reduce wait times
Timely triage to prioritize care
Consistent and complete referrals
Less administrative burden for primary care providers
Ability to refer to Central Intake Office to expedite care
Comprehensive and up-to date Central Intake and surgeon directory (HealthMap)
Continued choice by referrer
Less administrative burden for surgeons and specialists, with appropriate referral information
Helps surgeons build practices, supporting recruitment and retention
For the Health System
Access to data on how many patients are awaiting referrals to help better plan and allocate resources
More consistency and coordination of referrals
Opportunities to better distribute demand across the system