Community specialist consult report supports care for cardiac patient in emergency
Through Community Information Integration, cardiologist Dr. Steve Tilley can upload his clinic consult reports directly from his electronic medical record to Netcare. And this has made a real difference to providers and patients.
Several months ago Dr. Tilley saw a patient who was referred to him in his community clinic for shortness of breath. It turned out to be a severe aortic stenosis that required surgery. That surgery was scheduled to take place in several months’ time.
Flash forward a few weeks and the patient presents to a rural emergency department with acute onset shortness of breath that was determined to be pulmonary edema. The family doctor covering the emergency department was able to retrieve Dr. Tilley’s consult report from Alberta Netcare, see the diagnosis, read about the planned surgery, contact Dr. Tilley and between them, expedite the valve procedure including a transfer to Edmonton. Dr. Tilley says the sharing of the information was pivotal to the patient’s care.