L.A. Care Health Plan in Los Angeles, a Medi-Cal health insurer serving 900,000 beneficiaries, will implement a secure Web portal to enable electronic clinical consultations.

The health plan in July issued a request for proposals for its $1.5 million initiative, called eConsult, and is in the vendor selection process. The portal will support the exchange of electronic health information between referring physicians and specialists, and automate the specialist referral and appointment processes. The goals, which were met during a pilot program, are to increase specialty access and efficiency of care.

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