March 10, 2011
By C. Todd Staub, MD
Recently, I woke up early to review what had happened with my patients from the prior evening’s after hours clinic. For one patient, an elderly woman who had come in with abdominal pain, I read her progress note, ordered additional testing, and asked the clinical team to contact her and put her on my schedule for follow-up that afternoon – all while sitting in front of my computer, drinking a cup of coffee.
This scenario is playing out in more than 70 practice sites across the state of Connecticut: providers affiliated with my organization, ProHealth Physicians, are flipping open their laptops to provide comprehensive and timely primary care to almost 10% of the state’s population.