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Dr. Yvette Ortiz
Dr. Yvette Ortiz grew up in Manhattan’s Washington Heights. She was raised by a single mom who worked as an office assistant in a small medical practice. It was in that office that she witnessed how important a doctor is to the future of an entire community. Yvette found her life’s calling.
She is a graduate of Hunter College and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She completed her residency at NYU in 1993. She is the founder of Uptown Medical Group in the Bronx, where she and her co-workers serve the needs of 25,000 patients annually.
Her practice has participated in the Primary Care Information Project since 2006 and has won awards for improving the medical indicators for their patients. She praises the City and the Primary Care Information Program for allowing her to be a better doctor, and for helping her and her co-workers better serve their patients and their community.
THE FUND FOR PUBLIC HEALTH IN NEW YORK CITY
The Fund for Public Health is a not-for-profit organization formed by the New York City Health Department to foster public-private partnerships. In 2008, Robin Hood partnered with the Fund to create the largest community-based electronic health records initiative in the country. The focus was on small, unaffiliated doctor’s offices and clinics, which provide 60% of the medical care in the country. The program funded performance-based incentives focused on treatment of cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes.
The results of the study clearly showed that by providing the software, hardware and training to small practices, a significant improvement was made in the health of the 250,000 patients in the study. Over two years, these interventions added 2,000 years of additional healthy life to participants, with an economic value of $100 million.