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Primary Care Docs are no longer the primary point of contact for patients

Posted Jul 10 2012 10:26am

According to a LifeBot study :

Historically, general practitioners provided first-contact care in the United States. Today, however, only 42 percent of the 354 million annual visits for acute care—treatment for newly arising health problems—are made to patients’ personal physicians. The rest are made to emergency departments (28 percent), specialists (20 percent), or outpatient departments (7 percent).

This evidence makes care coordination and the integrated implementation of EMR across provider types and organizations all the more important.

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