The Alberta Referral Directory (ARD) is Alberta Health Services’ designated system of record for referral information. The ARD eases the complexities of the referral process by eliminating the need to search, update and publish documents in multiple places throughout the province.
The directory is comprised of service and consultant demographics, referral guidelines, referral forms and detailed instructions to facilitate referral acceptance without delay.
Connect Care and the ARD are partnering to ensure that healthcare providers can easily access the ARD when sending referrals. The goal is for providers to have the right decision support resources at their fingertips.
Alberta Health Services, Alberta Health and the Alberta Medical Association developed the ARD in 2010 and it is now administered by Path to Care. This program has dedicated resources to support ongoing ARD user experience enhancements, quality assurance initiatives, education and customer service support.
Having updated referral information in a single source increases the likelihood of sending and receiving appropriate referrals with completed investigations and spending less time resubmitting and redirecting referrals. The ARD can help to reduce patient wait times, reduce work load burden, save time, reduce operating costs and improve patient satisfaction and safety.
The information listed in Consultant Profiles originates from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA) and the Alberta Health Provider Registry. Profiles are updated by consultants and/or their delegates to include:
AHS services that accept routine appointment referrals are listed in the ARD and originate from Inform Alberta. Private services can also be listed by completing a service request form at ahs.ca/ard. Service Editors are encouraged to update their profiles to include:
Healthcare providers can print out or email important patient-facing service information that includes:
Visit albertareferraldirectory.ca to:
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To have your service listed in the ARD, complete the service submission form.