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Gillian Graham, who supports the online capabilities in the practice, says, "It is an excellent resource for the patient to be able to get feedback from the physician and staff in a timely manner without playing phone tag. It reduces medical errors and also enhances communication between specialists, patients and the family practice."
Graham adds, "I have signed up a lot of older people for the Portal. Jill, one of our Medical Assistants, has observed that the younger people tend to use it more often, probably because they are more accustomed to using the internet as a means of communication. Older people definitely use it, though. It's a great service because it adds value to patient care; patients don't have to schedule a visit every time they have a question." There is no charge for patients to use the portal or to get answers via email.
Dr. Barlow got his medical education in New Mexico, and served as a Resident and later as Chief Resident in Family Practice at the Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital in Pennsylvania from 1989-90. He has been board-certified and recertified through the American Board of Family Medicine since 1990. He moved to Cedar Mill in 1990 and established a solo practice in the Tanasbourne area.
He was in the same call group (doctors who share after-hours response duties) with the doctors of Sunset Medical Practice Group. Two years ago he split off his practice, opening his office on the second floor of the building.
Dr. Barlow sees patients of all ages, including the children and sometimes grandchildren of his patients. He has a lot of experience in the areas of internal medicine, diabetes care, sports medicine treating sprains and injuries, and pediatrics.
He notes, "I always discuss lifestyle changes with my patients and monitor their progress and compliance. It is absolutely essential to touch base with patients regarding their lifestyle and habits in order to enhance their health and well-being, so I make this a daily practice with each patient visit." Referring to treatments like chiropractic and massage, he says, "alternative and complimentary medicine is a part of family medicine."
Many procedures can be performed in the office, including carotid and abdominal ultrasound imaging, minor surgery and laceration treatment, and minimal lab work. He gets lab results electronically from Providence labs. (Tuality and Legacy still send faxes.)
His practice accepts patients with most types of insurance. Call the office for details.
"This is a fun practice," he says. "Everyone here enjoys their work." His staff includes three Medical Assistants, Ashley, Brittany, and Jill, who also does the "back-office" work part time. Margaret is the front-office coordinator, handling scheduling, phones, insurance and reception duties, and Gillian coordinates the business, does bookkeeping, and supports the front office.
"We have room for another doctor," Barlow mentions, "and we are looking to expand in the next few months." The practice is accepting new patients.
He and his wife are raising four children in the Cedar Mill area. He enjoys hiking, photography, tennis, and classic cars, and enjoys driving his 1967 Jaguar.
The office is conveniently located in the Cornell Medical Commons building on Cornell just east of Saltzman, 12400 NW Cornell Road, Suite 200. Office hours are Monday-Thursday 7:30-4:30 and Friday 7:30-11:30. Phone for more information to 503-352-0211, or visit the website www.cornellfamilymedicine.com, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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