Manitoba launches web tool for doctors
– Manitoba has launched a first-in-Canada online tool that helps
physicians quickly find the right medical specialists for their
patients, saving time both for doctors and Manitobans receiving care.
“This new resource puts up-to-date information at doctors’ fingertips,
giving referring physicians new tools to connect patients with the right
specialist more quickly than before,” said Health Minister Theresa
“As part of our strategy to decrease wait times, this is an innovative
solution that will create new efficiencies and help us deliver better
Doctors will be able to quickly search the new Catalogue of Specialized
Services (CSS) by areas of clinical expertise to create a short list of
doctors providing specialized services such as orthopedics, psychiatric
services or internal medicine. The tool will help physicians ensure they
are connecting their patients with the most appropriate specialist to
best meet their patient’s needs and reduce misdirected referrals. The
catalogue will list all specialists in the province.
“Winnipeg is home to many of the province’s specialized medical doctors
and we want to make ourselves easy to find when we’re needed,” said Dr.
Jamie Boyd, medical director of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority’s
family medicine program. “This new tool will help show the way and
improve the patient’s journey.”
The new $80,000 tool was developed in partnership with the medical
community to improve efficiency and co-ordination among health-care
providers. It lists the doctor’s location and the medical services
provided and is designed to direct patient referrals to the right
clinician the first time.
“This should save time for the family doctor, the specialists and the
patients, since all of the important information is pulled together in
one accessible tool,” said Dr. Robyn Olson, president of the Manitoba
Medical Association. “Physicians can be confident that they’re making
the right referral to the right specialist.”
Every doctor and referring clinician in the province will be given a
unique user name and password to access the catalogue. Doctors who
provide specialized services will be able to log in and update their
areas of expertise to ensure the catalogue remains an up-to-date online
resource for referring physicians, especially for new Manitoba doctors
and those in rural and remote parts of the province.
“This is a great tool for family physicians and their patients,” said
Dr. Fran Berard, president of the Manitoba College of Family Physicians.
“Finding the right specialist can be a challenge, especially for doctors
who practise in rural Manitoba. This will really make the referral
process much more efficient and will improve quality of care for all
The development of this important resource has been made possible, in
part, through a contribution from Health Canada.