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Keynote Address: Moving Knowledge Not Patients – Project ECHO (S10)

Mar 24 | 8:00AM - 9:15AM

Arora-with PaddingASPEN welcomes Dr. Sanjeev Arora as the ASPEN19 keynote speaker. Sanjeev Arora, MD, MACP, FACG is the Director and Founder of Project ECHO. He is a Distinguished Professor of Medicine with tenure in the Department of Internal Medicine at University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. Project ECHO® (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) dramatically improves both capacity and access to specialty care for rural and underserved populations by linking expert inter-disciplinary specialist teams with primary care clinicians through teleECHO™ clinics, in which the experts mentor primary care clinicians to help them manage their patient cases and share their expertise via mentoring, guidance, feedback and didactic education. This helps rural clinicians develop knowledge and self-efficacy so they can adopt research findings and deliver best practice care for complex and chronic health conditions.

Project ECHO is a disruptive innovation that dramatically improves both capacity and access to specialty care for rural and urban underserved populations. This low-cost, high-impact intervention is accomplished by linking expert inter-disciplinary specialist teams with primary care clinicians through teleECHO clinics, in which the experts co-manage patient cases and share their expertise via mentoring, guidance, feedback and didactic education. This enables primary care clinicians to develop the skills and knowledge to treat patients with common, complex diseases in their own communities, which reduces travel costs, wait times, and avoidable complications. Technology is used to leverage scarce healthcare resources, and the specialists at Academic Medical Centers are better able to attend the most complex, high-risk patients. The ECHO model is not “telemedicine” where the specialist assumes the care of the patient, but instead a guided practice model where the primary care clinician retains responsibility for managing the patient, operating with increasing independence as their skills and self-efficacy grow.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe a new model that enhances access to treatment for patients in rural and urban areas and management of patients' chronic and complex diseases.
  2. Detail the platforms by which Project ECHO clinicians gain competency and expertise in the delivery of specialized complex care to patients with chronic health conditions.
  3. Apply the ECHO model for improving chronic disease care in underserved areas.

Faculty

Sanjeev Arora, MD, MACP, FACG, Director of Project ECHO, University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque, NM

LEARNING LEVEL: Intermediate
UAN: JA0002345-0000-19-008-L04-P
CE CREDIT: 1 hour

This session is part of the ASPEN19 Virtual Conference.

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