Access OC is improving the health of vulnerable people by providing access to medical specialists in a high quality, cost-effective manner. We will accomplish this by developing a series of innovative, interconnected specialty care initiatives.
Outpatient Surgery Program
Our first program - utilizing medical volunteers and hospital donated surgical facilities to provide surgeries to the uninsured residents of Orange County has started off as a huge success. Six hospitals have joined the network - Hoag Memorial Hospital, Kaiser Permanente, Mission Hospital, Saddleback Memorial Hospital, St. Joseph Hospital of Orange, and St. Jude Medical Center. The volunteers involved with Access OC are amazing people. Many of these dedicated healthcare professionals travel internationally providing free medical care to people in need. Now, Access OC provides them with the opportunity to perform this same life-enhancing care right here at home. The surgery program is based on Operation Access, which has been providing free surgeries to the uninsured by mobilizing medical volunteers in the Bay area for 15 years. In 2008, Access OC's first full year, we provided approximately 300 surgical services to more than 100 patients.
eConsult is an innovative, web-based, secure, HIPAA-compliant email system designed to facilitate communication between primary care providers and specialists. By harnessing the efficiencies of health information technology to enhance communication between physicians and streamline referrals, enhanced access to care and quality will result. eConsult ensures appropriate referrals to specialists, allows primary care providers to learn from specialists how to better manage their patients and what the specialists need in a referral. It also reduces patient wait times by ensuring the patient has all the required information at the specialist appointment, decreases inappropriate referrals. eConsult creates an easy-to-use process for electronic referrals, triaging and consults.