Improving communication, coordination, and efficiency

What are eConsults?

  • Clinical consultations between a primary care provider (PCP) and a specialist conveyed electronically via a secure messaging interface
  • Contain basic clinical consult questions along with any other relevant information such as chart notes, lab, and imaging results
  • Carefully selected specialists review and respond with advice regarding diagnosis, treatment and management

What is ConferMED?

  • A novel collaboration of primary care practices, payers, state government, and academia led by the Community Health Center, Inc.
  • Partners include: Community Health Center, Inc., Weitzman Institute, UConn Health Center, Penobscot Community Health Care of Maine, and select private practice groups across Connecticut
  • ConferMED will link primary care practices to specialty care providers

What are the benefits of eConsults?

  • Increase in access to specialty care for medically underserved populations
  • Improvements in efficiency, health outcomes, and quality
  • Better communication and collaboration between primary care providers and specialists

Why are eConsults Important?

  • The interface between medical specialists and PCPs is inefficient and often ineffective
  • Poor communication results in duplicate testing, missing information, high cost, and increased patient risk

For more information, please contact the Weitzman Institute at [email protected] or visit