Since 2010, there has been significant investment aimed at introducing or enhancing efforts to streamline referral processes in order to coordinate and simplify access to different components of the health care system. This approach has supported the development of a number of Coordinated Access referral programs in Waterloo Wellington, enabling patients, families, and health care providers to access specific services more easily and efficiently. While there has been some degree of collaboration between select Coordinated Access initiatives, for the most part these solutions have been developed independently of one another and there has been no formal effort to promote integration. This disconnect between referral systems has made it challenging for providers to easily access appropriate and timely services for their patients.
The SCA program is leading the development and implementation of a system-wide coordinated access approach, which will:
- Improve access to services for the residents in the community
- Support organizations who are seeking to improve access to their services through standardization and coordination
- Leverage technology to enhance the referral process
- Support the advancement of the Provincial eReferral Management strategy
Currently, the SCA program is involved in a Proof of Concept in the Waterloo Wellington region that will integrate a number of Coordinated Access streams into an electronic referral (eReferral) solution that leverages CognisantMD’s Ocean eReferral platform.
For an FAQ sheet with more information, please see below.2017 06 - SCA Community Stakeholders FAQ