Videoconferencing Expands Reach of Effective Hep C Treatment
June 13, 2011
Public release date: 2-Jun-2011
NEJM: PCPs treat hepatitis C as effectively as specialists through new delivery model
Contact: Mary Darby
University of New Mexico’s Project ECHO poised to spread best practices, eliminate barriers to treatment and improve health care quality across the United States
Albuquerque, NM – Under a completely new way of providing health care, primary care clinicians in remote villages, prisons and poor urban neighborhoods who were trained to treat patients with hepatitis C achieved excellent results identical to those of specialists at a university medical center.
These findings, from an evaluation of Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes), were published today online by the New England Journal of Medicine and will appear in the June 9 print edition. They demonstrate that primary care providers anywhere can be trained via videoconferencing technology to manage complex chronic conditions formerly outside their expertise, thus expanding their ability to treat very sick patients. Project ECHO is based at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center (UNMHSC) in Albuquerque.
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