We are accepting referrals for Epilepsy Specialty Care Access Network - Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (SCAN-ECHO) program. The SCAN-ECHO program is an innovative approach to provide consultation and clinical support from provider to provider using video-teleconferencing equipment. The Epilepsy team at the San Francsico Medical Center will be able to provide support to neurologists or primary care providers in facilities and rural areas where epilepsy care is not readily available. This initiative keeps the Veteran from traveling far distances, and provides treating physicians instant recommendation from specialists. During the scheduled SCAN-ECHO clinic, the primary care provider or neurologist presents the Veteran’s case using de-identified information. The specialist, as well as other members of the SCAN-ECHO team, will deliver a treatment plan and advice to the treating physician. Other neurologists, primary care providers, and other team members not involved in the Veteran’s care are able to listen in and participate in the discussion. During the SCAN-ECHO clinic, a didactic presentation is given discussing a topic for that specialty, which allows providers to earn continuing education (CME/CEU) credits.
The benefits of using SCAN-ECHO include improved quality and safety, rapid learning, and reduced variation in care. Access for rural and underserved patients is improved, thereby reducing disparities. Providers will benefit from improved professional satisfaction and interaction, and retention may be observed. SCAN-ECHO also supports the Patient Aligned Care Teams and integrates public health into the treatment paradigm. Cost effective care is provided through this method in order to avoid excessive testing and travel, and preventing the cost of untreated disease.
We are happy to accept referrals through the medical record system (CPRS) or fax to the San Francisco Epilepsy Center of Excellence. If you care for a patient that you wish to be seen, please contact us at (415) 379-5599.
You may enter consult requests through CPRS for either an outpatient epilepsy evaluation or for direct consideration for inpatient video electroencephalography monitoring.
Alternatively, you may fax a referral to our dedicated Epilepsy Center number at 415-750-2273. Please include all pertinent and recent clinical notes, lab and test results, and radiological imaging data, if possible.