WEBCAST: Project ECHO and Veterans Affairs Launch Initiative to Expand Specialty Care to Veterans

Watch live Wednesday, July 11, 2012, at 10 a.m. ET.

    • July 5, 2012

On Wednesday, July 11, 2012, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will announce the launch of a pilot program within the VA system that will extend high-quality, specialty health care to millions of veterans to treat conditions like heart failure, chronic pain, and hepatitis C in their local communities.

The new VA program, called Specialty Care Access Network-Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (SCAN-ECHO), represents the first nationwide implementation of Project ECHO, an innovative model of medical education and care delivery that is dramatically expanding workforce capacity to treat patients with complex chronic illnesses, regardless of where they live.

During this event, a high-level panel of experts, including Robert A. Petzel, MD, VA under secretary for health; John Lumpkin, MD, senior vice president and director of the Health Care Group at RWJF; and Sanjeev Arora, MD, the social innovator who created Project ECHO; will describe how the ECHO model works and how it is poised to transform health care delivery and the diffusion of medical knowledge and best practices.

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Expanding Specialty Care Through Connectivity

Through Project ECHO, academic medical centers share specialized knowledge with local clinicians, bringing evidence-based medicine to everyday medical practice and dramatically expanding existing capacity to treat chronic conditions.

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