Available through the OTNhub eConsult, eConsult links NSM physicians and nurse practitioners with NSM Geriatricians and Geriatric Psychiatrists for “hallway conversations”. Physicians and NPs have told us that sometimes they do not need to wait for a specialist consult. Sometimes, they just need a sounding board for an idea or to ask questions to help inform clinical decision making. Using a private and secure web page, requesting providers can ask a specialist clinical questions about their patient and receive advice securely. Remuneration is available to the referrer and specialist if certain conditions are met. The NSM SGS eConsult service was piloted in the summer of 2018 and, based on experience and feedback, is being opened up to all NSM physicians and nurse practitioners.
While triage of NSM SGS eConsult referrals occurs through SGS Central Intake, referrals MUST be made by the referring source through the OTNhub eConsult service. Please direct referrals to the “North Simcoe Muskoka Specialized Geriatric Services” specialty group, available to all NSM physicians and nurse practitioners. This service is NOT for comprehensive reviews or complicated questions and does NOT support urgent referrals. Questions falling outside the eligibility criteria will be declined. There will be cases where referring sources may be directed to refer the patient for assessment.