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eCHN Offers Innovative New e-Referrals Service

November 2012. The electronic Child Health Network has added an innovative and important new service to its array of electronic offerings for health care providers. eCHN has developed an online system for referring children to the outpatient clinics of SickKids Hospital that significantly improves the efficiency and timeliness of the process. After a pilot project of  over two years, SickKids' ambulatory clinics have transitioned to full electronic management of incoming referrals using eCHN's solution.


The new e-Referral system streamlines the previous management of referrals which often required much back-and-forth communication by phone and fax to transmit necessary patient information. It integrates a number of distinct processes to give authorized providers access to immediate, up-to-date  information about referred patients. SickKids handles approximately 55,000 referrals annually, with over 50 clinics involved.


“We are very pleased to add this further innovation to our suite of services for Ontario’s paediatric health care providers", said Andrew Szende, eCHN’s Founding CEO. “It’s yet another step on the path to the seamless continuum of  health care that eCHN is always working towards.”  

Photo above left: eCHN Senior Managers engaged in their weekly review.

Photo above right: Members of MED team with eCHN Founding CEO pay tribute to standardization guru, Dr. Gilbert Hill (second from right).