CCHP Releases Report on Specialty Care Safety Net Initiative

CCHP Releases Report on Specialty Care Safety Net Initiative
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CCHP has released a new report on its recently completed California HealthCare Foundation funded demonstration project, the Specialty Care Safety Net Initiative (SCSNI) that connected 43 safety-net providers with five UC Medical Centers through telehealth technology. CCHP provided participating safety-net providers with the funding, equipment, and technical resources necessary to use clinical telehealth services that connected underserved populations with the best and brightest minds in specialty medicine.

Integrating Telehealth with Primary Care

Over a two-year period, from February 2010 to December 2011 some of the top health care specialists from the participating UC Medical Centers provided tele-consultations to primary care practitioners and their patients from the participating clinics – over half of whom had never used telehealth technology before – at no cost to the clinic or the patient.

SCSNI resulted in 2,300 consultations for patients as far as 600 miles away from the specialist and provided 3,000 referrals for specialty services including dermatology, hepatology, psychiatry, orthopedics, endocrinology and neurology.

SCSNI Results and Lessons Learned

Adjusting to new technology is never easy, and the initiative allowed key insights into making telehealth transitions smoother for safety-net providers and specialist facilities alike. More than expanding the reach of some of the top talent in California medicine, the initiative helped CCHP determine exactly what primary care providers need to successful integrate telehealth into their clinic operations.

The newly released report describes the experiences of the participating safety net providers who launched or expanded their telehealth services under this initiative. The findings from this demonstration have been distilled into a set of 10 recommendations for safety net providers considering adding telehealth to their services (see report for list of recommendations).

Are you interested in learning more about SCSNI? Click here to read the executive summary and full report. To learn more about CCHP and our national telehealth policy work please visit their website at: www.telehealthpolicy.us