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eConsults & Smart Referrals

The eConsults & Smart Referrals program is a UC systemwide initiative endorsed by the leadership of multiple UC Health Systems. The program provides primary care providers (PCPs) with point-of-care decision support on referral appropriateness, and allows PCPs to receive timely specialist recommendations on lower-complexity referral problems that do not require an in-person evaluation of the patient by the specialist.

Should I order an eConsult or a standard referral?

If you have a quick, focused question that you might ask a specialist in the hallway or on the phone, think "eConsult". If your question is complex or you would like to refer the patient for an in-person consult, then you should order a standard referral.

What is an eConsult?

An eConsult is an order in CareConnect that allows UCLA providers to ask their UCLA specialist colleagues low-complexity questions, and receive a recommendation in three business days. eConsult questions are narrow in scope and contain enough information for the specialist to provide a valuable response.

Specialties - Start sending your clinical questions to specialists in Allergy, Endocrinology, Hematology, Infectious Diseases, Neurology, OBGYN, Orthopaedics, Pulmonary, Psych (Behavioral Health Associates), Rheumatology or Urology. More specialties will be added soon!

Training Resources - Instructional information is available for ordering providers and responding specialists.

What is a Smart Referral?

A Smart Referral is an upgrade to the standard referral in CareConnect. The goal of a Smart Referral is to optimize the flow of information between the referring provider and the specialist. Cues provided in a Smart Referral guide you to provide key clinical information and perform the appropriate evaluation prior to the patient's appointment with the specialist. Smart Referral allows you to specify whether your request is a one-time consult (and return the patient to you to manage) or if the specialist will actively manage the problem.


If you have any questions or would like to see a specialty made available for eConsults, please let us know.