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Entrepreneurs and Underserved Communities: StartUp Health's New Accelerator

Feb 18, 2014, 8:00 AM, Posted by Paul Tarini

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The past few years have been marked with a surge in health care business accelerators—programs that provide support to help health care entrepreneurs develop their ideas and raise initial funding. In tracking the success of these innovation hubs, we realized something was missing.

On the complex journey of taking a health care idea to market, most entrepreneurs aren’t seeing underserved communities—the people and the providers who serve them—as target markets. The result is that health care innovations are passing by some of the communities that could benefit the most from innovation. But what if we could help entrepreneurs see these patients and their providers as a viable market? What if we could make it easier for health care businesses to design solutions for the needs of our most vulnerable populations?

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With Project ECHO, the U.S. Army Takes a Team Approach to Combating Pain

Feb 11, 2014, 11:30 AM, Posted by Pioneer Blog Team

RWJF grantee Project ECHO is helping the U.S. Army treat service members all over the world who are suffering from chronic pain–a huge, complex, and growing problem for the military. Project ECHO is a collaborative model of medical education and care management that dramatically expands the capacity of primary care clinicians.

The lack of pain specialists in remote areas has been part of the challenge.  Now, primary care providers, such as family doctors and nurse practitioners, are learning to fill this void through Project ECHO, bringing an integrated, holistic approach to pain management that includes massage, acupuncture, biofeedback, and yoga.  At ECHO “boot camps,” specialists and primary care providers learn how to work together as a team.

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Dr. Sanjeev Arora Talks Project ECHO with PBS New Mexico

Dec 19, 2013, 8:00 AM, Posted by Pioneer Blog Team

Dr. Sanjeev Arora, the social entrepreneur and creator of Project ECHO, sat down with PBS’ New Mexico in Focus to talk about how the medical education model is dramatically improving care across the state for some of its most vulnerable and underserved populations.

In this in-depth interview with PBS’ Gene Grant, host of New Mexico in Focus, Dr. Arora describes how Project ECHO is helping primary care clinicians and community health workers manage patients who have chronic conditions requiring complex care. He also reports on how Project ECHO is training a new wave of community-based addiction specialists to combat opiate addiction in New Mexico.

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Dr. Sanjeev Arora Presents Project ECHO at TEDx Albuquerque

Oct 3, 2013, 5:00 PM, Posted by Nancy Barrand

Project ECHO is working to improve health care for underserved populations all over the world, and to do it fast,” Dr. Arora said during his TEDx presentation in Albuquerque last month. With more than 2,000 people in the room, Dr. Arora described how the ECHO model began in rural New Mexico and how it is quickly spreading around the globe to help clinicians on the front lines of care learn new skills and do more for more patients. Watch Dr. Arora’s TEDx presentation and hear his vision for the future.

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Viewpoint: Creating Centers of Lifelong Learning

Oct 22, 2012, 12:16 PM, Posted by Sanjeev Arora

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This blog entry was originally posted to the Association of American Medical College's AAMC Reporter blog.

Academic medical centers are, by definition, hubs for education, research, and patient care. They are essential to creating a health care system in which new knowledge is translated into practice for real-time treatment and quality improvement.

Academic medical centers should be centers of lifelong medical learning and knowledge sharing, where medical professionals expand their expertise and competencies throughout their careers and where best practices are disseminated to the field. They can serve as forums for ongoing mentoring and case-based training. They can host expanded practice communities, where professionals from multiple disciplines, specialties, and even locales work together to provide better care to more people.

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