A single electronic referral (eReferral) system is being established across all of SA Health.
The Statewide eReferrals Program, being rolled out by Digital Health SA, will enable GPs to digitally send referral forms to outpatient clinics, replacing the use of faxes and letters.
Clinical Prioritisation Criteria (CPC) – the criteria used to guide referrals – will be incorporated into the program, which will give health professionals consistent and accurate information.
Six CPC will initially be included, including cardiology and neurology, with more to be added as they become available.
The program will standardise how referrals are managed across the state, leading to improved access to quality healthcare for all South Australians.
eReferrals is being introduced in several phases, with the program to be initially implemented at SA Health’s metropolitan hospitals and the Riverland Mallee Coorong Local Health Network. The Women’s and Children’s hospital being the first to go live on 13 September 2023.
The following phases will expand the solution across the state’s remaining health care sites.
Chief Digital Health Officer Bret Morris said eReferrals would power access to faster and better care for all South Australians.
“The eReferrals program is an important example of how a connected health care system can create a seamless patient journey through the health network and support a single view of the patient,” Mr Morris said.
For more information on eReferrals visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/StatewideReferrals