In this chapter of To Improve Health and Health Care, Volume XV, Sara Solovitch, a California-based journalist and freelance writer, tells the story of an innovative way of providing medical expertise in the treatment of complex illnesses suffered by people living in rural areas.
Developed by Sanjeev Arora, a physician affiliated with the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and a leading expert on liver diseases, Project ECHO enables primary care physicians and nurses in rural New Mexico to consult, via video conference, with specialists at the University of New Mexico Medical School about how best to treat their patients with hepatitis C. The project, whose scope has expanded to other diseases and other states, has been widely hailed as a breakthrough. Most recently, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation singled out Project ECHO for a Health Care Innovation Award, which comes with $8.5 million to enable further expansion of the project.
- 1. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation at Forty
- 2. A Conversation with Risa Lavizzo-Mourey
- 3. Terrance Keenan: An Appreciation
- 4. The Five Cs
- 5. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Approach to Evaluation
- 6. Communications at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Turning up the Volume, Adjusting the Frequency
- 7. National Programs: Understanding the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Approach to Grantmaking
- 8. Tending Our Backyard: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Grantmaking in New Jersey
- 9. Project ECHO: Bringing Specialists' Expertise to Underserved Rural Areas
- 10. The Food Trust: Increasing the Availability of Healthy Food
- 11. Populating Population Health: The Health & Society Scholars and the Young Epidemiology Scholars Programs
- 12. Child FIRST: A Program to Help Very Young At-Risk Children
- 13. County Health Rankings & Roadmaps