Primary health care model

We have just adopted the Healthcare Informatics, Community and Public Health, primary health care model where I currently work. It has been a huge adjustment for all of us but now that the dust is settling I think it really has its benefits. There appears to be more thorough follow through for the Pt’s often leading to earlier diagnosis and treatment plans as well as health promotion and prevention to adjust their lifestyles. Today for example I had a patient return for a TST reading and it was a positive conversion from 1 year ago; this particular patient travels on a regular basis to other parts of the world. His primary physician assessed him within 10 minutes and he was sent for a chest x-ray and lab work within a 1/2 hr. I was quite impressed as we now have him started on preventive treatment and there was no delay. I will be following him on a regular basis. A few years ago the process probably would have taken several weeks.

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