Community Health Centers Use Telehealth to Boost Specialty Consults

 

Excerpt from Community Health Centers Use Telehealth to Boost Specialty Consults from mHealthIntelligence.com:

By Eric Wicklund

April 12, 2018 - A unique partnership in Washington is using telehealth to connect physicians in 20 community health centers with volunteer doctors across the country for specialist consults.

Community Health Plan of Washington (CHPW), a not-for-profit plan created by the health centers 25 years ago to serve Medicare and Medicaid populations, is working with the MAVEN (Medical Alumni Volunteer Expert Network) Project, a Massachusetts-based organization that pairs volunteer physicians in a broad range of specialties with primary care providers working with underserved populations.

Through the network, doctors at the community health centers are able to schedule free consults via a telehealth platform with appropriate specialists.

“It’s such a perfect match,” says Leanne Berge, CEO of the health plan, which serves upwards of 300,000 – 75 percent of which get their primary care through the health centers. “Having access to a consult in real time is so valuable to us.”

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