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SHARPGI

Single Hub Access Referral Program for Gastroenterology, Edmonton Zone

The Single Hub Access Referral Program for Gastroenterology (SHARPGI) is an initiative to streamline access for patients who need gastrointestinal specialist care. SHARPGI is an AHS funded multiphase improvement initiative between Primary Care and Edmonton Zone Gastroenterology.

SHARPGI’s Goals:

  • To reduce care delays related to referral management and triage
  • To improve patient care through referral quality and pathway integration
  • To improve understanding between Primary Care and Edmonton Zone Gastroenterology

Year one highlights, based on the first 1000 referral for FIT positive Non SCOPE program referrals:

  • 74.8% referral acceptance
  • three day referral response turnaround (acceptance or rejection)
  • 8.6 weeks referral to appointment