The Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement, in partnership with the College of Family Physicians of Canada, Canada Health Infoway and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, has recently launched a call for applications for our Connected Medicine 15-month collaborative focused on spreading and scaling remote consultation. I’m writing to ensure you are aware of this great opportunity and to ask for your help promoting the collaborative within your networks.
Remote consultation is a provider-to-provider advice and communication model through an electronic (eConsult), telephone and/or mobile application (app) platform to facilitate communication between healthcare providers about patient care. Using remote consultation, primary care clinicians and specialists can communicate with each other at times that are convenient to their professional schedules. As a result, patients have more convenient access to specialists, shorter waits, less travel, and improved continuity of care. At the systems level, remote consultation can provide appropriate care at a lower cost by reducing the need for in-person specialist appointments.
The collaborative includes a funding opportunity for successful teams (up to $600,000 shared between up to 15 teams). We are accepting applications until May 4, 2017.
For more information please see the attached, visit our website, or view a recording of the recent informational webinar about the collaborative.
We hope you’ll consider applying or sharing the opportunity with your networks!
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact Christina Kirvan at Christine.Kirvan@cfhi-fcass.ca or Neil Drimer, Senior Improvement Lead, at Neil.Drimer@cfhi-fcass.ca.