The Connected Medicine collaborative is a partnership between the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI), the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), Canada Health Infoway (Infoway), and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (The Royal College ).
The Connected Medicine collaborative will focus primarily on the issue of timely access to specialty care. Most often, remote consult involves primary healthcare providers connecting with specialist providers. However, we recognize that “who consults” and “who is consulted” can vary and this collaborative is also designed to support these variations. Apply now »
*A slightly modified MOU template that conforms to Act M-30 will apply to publicly funded organizations in Quebec.
The Connected Medicine collaborative will focus on spreading two leading Canadian innovations that have demonstrably improved primary healthcare access to specialist consultation services.
Champlain BASE™ eConsult Service (BASE™), a secure web-based eConsult service launched within the Champlain Local Health Integration Network in Ontario,
and Rapid Access to Consultative Expertise (RACE™), a telephone advice line launched at Providence Health Care and Vancouver Coastal Health.
Models of care such as BASE™ and RACE™ demonstrate that remote consult can effectively reduce wait times to see a specialist by enabling primary care providers to more effectively manage their patients in a primary care setting.
This collaborative builds on the 2016–17 Connected Medicine e-collaborative, in which 10 teams from across Canada and internationally came together to develop business cases and strategies to implement remote consult services in their jurisdictions.
1Canadian Institute for Health Information. Wait Times for Priority Procedures in Canada, 2016. Ottawa, ON: CIHI; 2016.