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Ocean eReferrals to Streamline and Enhance Access to Care in Nova Scotia

By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the benefits of electronic referrals to primary care providers, referral recipients and patients.
  • Describe the electronic referral and central intake / provincial queue pathways in Nova Scotia for surgical and diagnostic imaging services.
  • Apply practices for optimizing Ocean eReferrals in electronic medical records.


Dr. Ajantha Jayabaranthan is a family doctor currently practicing in an urban, community based practice in Peninsular Halifax, which models collaborative care across medical and complementary disciplines of healthcare.

Lindsay Bertrand is a proven healthcare leader who is passionate about leveraging innovative solutions to improve health outcomes, patient/provider experience, and deliver exemplary care to all Nova Scotians.

Dr. Sean Christie is a neurosurgeon at Nova Scotia Health and a Professor at Dalhousie where he heads the Neurosurgical Spine Program and serves as Vice-Chair and Research Director for the Division of Neurosurgery.

Dr. Greg Hirsch is a Cardiac Surgeon and Senior Medical Director for the Perioperative Services Network at Nova Scotia Health, where he helped spearhead the launch of the National Surgery Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) at 11 hospital sites in 2017.

About the Quality & Patient Safety Rounds for Physicians

The Nova Scotia Health Quality and Patient Safety Rounds for Physicians was developed after the Nova Scotia Health’s Quality Improvement Team were seeking an opportunity to share the results of recent quality reviews with a physician audience. Our audience and interest in these sessions have since grown and has now become an annual series for physicians to learn about quality improvement initiatives in the inpatient care setting. The purpose is to improve patient outcomes around quality and safety.

Aligning a quality improvement approach in clinical care to best practices or clinical standards also contributes to improved system outcomes – things like improved patient flow, improved communication between providers, and health care provider morale.

The series has since expanded to include other clinical practice topics of high importance and identified through evaluation surveys distributed after sessions.

Nova Scotia Health Quality & Patient Safety Rounds: Earn 1.5 CME Credits

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