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Requesting of specialist care, including the transferral of relevant medical information
For the referral of a patient, all relevant medical information should be accessible by the healthcare professional who will be responsible for further treatment.
The electronic referral of a patient from a GP to a specialist often consists of a referral letter, containing the reason for referral, some information on the complaints and findings, and additional information such as medical history and current medication. Often, there is no electronic sending of this letter: it s given to the patient, who brings it with him if he or she visits the specialist. A workflow where the entire referral process can be tracked and managed would create a more efficient process, and a better transfer of medical information (i.e., electronic and structured data). This Use Case describes such an improved workflow.