Referral of patients for counseling, and brief consultations by clinicians in office practices are effective in increasing cessation rates. We implemented an electronic intervention integrated within a commercial outpatient EHR at a large healthcare delivery system that allowed clinicians to make referrals to an existing cessation program by selecting a checkbox in the patient health record interface that generated a referral to the Center for Tobacco Control (CTC). We have shown that the number of clinicians actively using eReferral started rising after about a year after implementation.

Learning Objective: Readers will gain insight into the rollout of a new EHR tool that is designed to increase the number of referrals of identified smokers to cessation programs.


Abraham Saraya, Northwell Health
Simita Mishra, Northwell Health
Patricia Folan, Northwell Health
Nathaniel Brown, Northwell Health
Michael Oppenheim, Northwell Health
Jan Horsky (Presenter)
Northwell Health

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