Health-Care Experiment: A New Model? (Valley News)

The Valley News editorial board believes Dartmouth’s revolutionary primary-care practice, slated to open in February 2012, may “offer a glimpse of the future of health care.”

The practice, known as Dartmouth Health Connect, will challenge the conventional method of delivering health care. Patients (who must be Dartmouth employees or adult dependents) will meet not just with physicians and nurses, but also with health coaches.  They’ll be able to contact their health care team via text message and video chat. And instead of charging for individual visits and tests, the practice will charge a monthly patient fee, to be covered by the College.

The Valley News has high hopes for the new model: “If this practice and a few other similar ones around the country prove successful, they could serve as a national model for preventive care and the management of chronic disease.”

Read the full story, published by the Valley News on 11/30/11.