TQ TeleConnection- March 2019

Specialist telemedicine platform saves Vista Community Clinic $1.8 million

As a federally qualified health center, Vista Community Clinic is a safety net for its neighborhood, managing an uninsured or underinsured patient population – in this case, 58 percent Medicaid, 2 percent Medicare and 32 percent uninsured.

THE PROBLEM

Access to specialty care is tough for these patients for several reasons, including transportation, child care, challenges with missing work and prolonged waiting lists for appointments.

"For our clinicians, it is hard to provide comprehensive primary care to our patients with complex or comorbid conditions in a 15- to 20-minute appointment," said Dr. Kevin Ronan, manager of quality assurance and a pediatrician at Vista Community Clinic. "And sometimes, what we needed was more of a curbside consult for recommendations on tests to order, a way forward or a sanity check on our current treatment plan, while awaiting a face-to-face appointment."

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Bill Siwicki