In 1994 a Montefiore doctor, an epidemiologist, and a programmer crossed the bridge from a tuberculosis/HIV epidemic amongst 15,000 inmates at Rikers Island in New York City to Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. Pained by the lack of long-term data to study the effects of discharge planning and follow-up on that patient body, this small team decided to do something about it.
In 1998 they created the BRIDGE network, implementing a live link between source data and a clinical data repository which could be queried in novel ways. For the first time patients with HIV were connected with post-discharge services in the community.
By 2002, Clinical Looking Glass (CLG) was born. Eight years of product evolution in the Montefiore system have delivered unprecedented results in terms of improved clinical outcomes and greater reimbursement. CLG has become a required tool for medical students and residents at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Funded in part since 2007 by the U.S. Department of Defense and Montefiore, CLG is being piloted at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, which serves over 150,000 patients.