Dr. Sanjeev Arora Discusses Project ECHO at TEDMED

Dec 7, 2010, 2:46 AM, Posted by RWJF Blog Team

For underserved communities in rural locations, it is often difficult – if not downright impossible – to receive specialty care for a variety of diseases and other health conditions. Quite simply, this is due to an acute shortage of specialists practicing medicine in these areas. Recognizing this health care disparity, Dr. Sanjeev Arora from the University of New Mexico Hospital created Project ECHO, an innovative program that bridges the gap between the specialists typically providing care at an academic medical center and primary care providers in rural and underserved communities.

We are proud supporters of Project Echo, and were fortunate to catch up with Dr. Arora while at TEDMED 2010. Watch our conversation with him below to learn more about the initiative, including the “force multiplier” approach to training physicians in specialty care and how that equates to increased access to care – and better quality of care overall – for underserved communities.