Increase Adoption (Phase 2)
The number of General eReferrals continues to grow and represents 21.3% of all referrals for Outpatient services in August 2017.
This reflects the continued adoption by both GPs and Hospitals. In the last three months alone, over 50% of GPs have used eReferrals and to date 74% have used the service at least once. The graph below charts the growth of general eReferrals across the national rollout phase and on to phase 2 which is about expanding the digital bridge that was built between GPs and hospitals during phase 1 of the eReferral programme.
With the hospital we are working to increase the number of specialties that can be referred to electronically as well as to increase the number of responses back to the GPs. Together with our GP colleagues we are making enhancements to the accredited GP practice management systems to improve the referral process and enable them to add attachments to their eReferrals.
Specialist Referral Forms
As part of phase 2 there are currently two speciality referrals development under way.
- The Ophthalmology pilot in RVEEH has finished, the Healthlink post-pilot survey of GPs is complete and the form will be made available nationally in the coming weeks.
- An extension of the Endoscopy pilot at SVUH is planned for a further four hospitals and depending on clinical and management agreement to do so. They are Beaumont Hospital, the Mater Hospital, St James’s Hospital and University of Limerick Hospitals Group.