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Best Practices for Choosing the Right eConsult Platform

Published on January 23, 2024  |  By: RubiconMD

Integrating eConsult technology into primary care enables more accessible, comprehensive, and high-quality care. Specialist-informed care plans are proven to reduce costs and enhance the patient experience. It’s now widely known that eConsult platforms improve care and streamline communication between primary care providers and specialists. However, selecting the right eConsult platform and effectively implementing this technology can be daunting, so we’ve pulled together a handy checklist to bring more ease to this process. 

This checklist will help you select a vendor that best aligns with your needs. Download the full best practice guide (below) for healthcare providers when choosing an eConsult platform.

  1. Define Your Goals. Begin by identifying the primary needs that you hope eConsults can support.
  2. Assess your workflows. Before diving into the eConsult selection process, do a deep dive into your existing workflows and review where specialty care (via eConsults) would fit in.
  3. Identify anticipated challenges. Identifying and addressing challenges early in the implementation and adoption process is crucial for ensuring the smooth and successful integration of any new technology or workflow.
  4. Assess the Scope of Specialties Covered. Ensure that the platform provides access to the specific specialties that meet your needs.
  5. Get a Demo & Evaluate User-friendliness. Seeing an eConsult platform in action is the best way to ensure it’s intuitive and easy to use.
  6. Review the quality assurance process. The value of an eConsult service is only as good as the quality of the Specialist Network and the responses it delivers.
  7. Consider Integration Capabilities. If you are interested in integrating your eConsult platform with your existing electronic health record (EHR), then you should review the integration options available with each vendor.
  8. Check Compliance and Security. Connect with your compliance and security teams to get a list of your requirements ready to share with potential vendors. 
  9. Look for Customization and Scalability. The platform should be adaptable to your organization’s changing requirements as your practice or eConsult utilization grows.
  10. Evaluate Support and Training Services. A reliable vendor should offer comprehensive support and training to facilitate a smooth transition on ongoing satisfaction with your new platform.
  11. Review Cost & Potential ROI. Understand the pricing model of the vendor and what is included in their pricing. Often the lowest cost option comes with less value and a lower service level.
  12. Determine the Process for Measuring Success. Explore the tools available to measure qualitative and quantitative success with the eConsult vendor.

Choosing the right eConsult platform requires careful consideration of your organization’s needs, a thorough evaluation of the options available, and a readiness to address the challenges that come with implementing a new solution. While the transition may not be without its hurdles, the long-term benefits of enhanced patient care, improved efficiency, and cost savings make eConsult platforms a valuable addition to the modern primary care landscape. By embracing these innovative tools, healthcare providers can ensure they are well-equipped to meet the evolving demands of patient care in the digital age.

To explore RubiconMD eConsult solutions – schedule a demo or contact us today.

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