It’s one thing to have oodles of data, but quite another to organize it well for another physician to review. Not all systems are conducive to this. The one I use allows me to provide tabular and graphical lab results to consultants, thereby simplifying interpretation. Similarly, I can send the text of diagnostic imaging reports, or a PDF of the actual paper report, or both. A good narrative is key, and is the most time consuming part of writing a good referral note. The digital record of my referral letter is quite useful if a consultant is not available or suggests redirecting the consult to a colleague. Just change the recipient address and send again!
Here’s a helpful commentary from an online source.