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Virtual Integrated Practice

What VIP Means for You

Older adults with chronic illnesses often speak with frustration about seeing different health care providers and getting conflicting information. Patients and their families recognize the symptoms that point to a lack of coordination in the current health system.

  • Flu shots, mammograms, and other preventive services "falling through the cracks" while other issues are addressed
  • Waiting at the pharmacy while the pharmacist tries to clarify an order with a physician
  • Specialists repeating tests because they have not received important clinical information from referring primary care physicians
  • Primary care physicians not receiving reports back from specialists
  • Receiving high bills for services, without explanation and with no access to community resources for help
  • Lack of attention to rehabilitation needs
  • Insufficient education about nutrition, physical activity and medications.
With Virtual Integrated Practice, care is coordinated between sites. Nurse practitioners, physicians, social workers, pharmacists and rehabilitation specialists work together on a common goal: improving the health and well-being of patients. As information is shared and care plans are consolidated, patients spend less time repeating the same history or bouncing between offices. Instead, they come to their physician knowing that the doctor has received reports from the physical therapist and visiting nurse. And, because their doctor has already heard from other clinicians, there will be more time spent on education and health promotion.

With VIP, the team revolves around the patient's needs and ensures the highest possible quality of care.



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