Rationale / Objectives
Project/Program Description & Major Achievements
Dr. David Kendrick, who is a practicing physician associate professor the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine developed a e-consultation system To simulate the doctor’s lounge culture where providers gathered, developed relationships and discussed patient cases together. Dr. Kendrick also wanted to provide a technological fix that would reduce the number of unnecessary referrals.
People / Organizations Involved
When Dr. Kendrick first built his e-consultation prototype, dubbed “Doc2Doc,” almost 120 primary care practioners who predominately practiced in rural settings signed up quickly. Specialists from the University of Oklahoma also agreed to review and respond to the incoming queue of consultation requests. Dr. Kendrick also approached the Oklahoma Department of Corrections (DOC) and, having learned about the necessity of reimbursing specialist time, told the prison system upfront that they would need to pay $50 to the specialist for every completed consultation. The prison e-consultation system was implemented.