FAST (Facilitated Access to Specialized Treatment) zone program launch dates announced

The launch of a central access and intake program for specialist referrals called Alberta FAST (Facilitated Access to Specialized Treatment) will be commencing this summer for urology and orthopedics.
The current dates for zone FAST program launches are as follows:


Not applicable (referral to other zones)

August 15



October 31


August 15

August 15



October 10


August 15

October 19

Cataract referrals will commence August 15 in Central Zone only.

What is changing for physicians?
As of the dates announced above, referring providers will send all urology and orthopedic referrals into a new toll-free fax number; providers will continue to use current versions of their referral forms. Later in the fall, provincially standardized referral forms for the specialties will be integrated into the major community EMR systems.

About FAST
Alberta FAST is a central access and intake program for referrals to specialists. Beginning in summer 2022 through a phased approach, a FAST program will launch in each geographic zone. Fourteen specialties are in queue to join FAST this summer through 2024.

For more information on Alberta FAST, please visit the AMA-ACTT web page. This work is being supported through the Alberta Surgical Initiative.

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