Project ECHO® was created to effectively treat hepatitis C throughout New Mexico and to monitor outcomes. Once a combination of patient information is presented to the Hepatitis C Community TeleECHO Clinic, the community clinician is given a plan for treatment by the specialist. After hepatitis C treatment protocol is established, frequent follow-ups are conducted to present the patient’s treatment status, to relay issues that may impede treatment, and to alter the treatment plan as needed to maximize the patient’s chance for a cure. Through the use of technology, best-practice protocols, and ongoing case-based learning, rural primary care clinicians deliver hepatitis C care that is as safe and effective as that given in a university clinic.
Monthly Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Provider Training
If your practice is located in New Mexico or at an Indian Health Services site and you would like to become an active partner with Project ECHO in the treatment of your patients with HCV, we invite you to join us for onsite training at Project ECHO. This full day of training is designed to familiarize you with how the HCV TeleECHO Clinic operates, introduce you to our current clinical guidelines for treating HCV and increase your level of clinical expertise with HCV management. Establishing this foundation before presenting your patient cases to Project ECHO will result in improved quality of care.
The full day training is offered one Friday out of each month. The morning portion of the training is held at the Project ECHO offices on University Boulevard in Albuquerque. For the afternoon portion you will be joining Dr. Arora, Dr. Thornton, Dr. Deming and their clinical staff in the HCV outpatient clinic at the UNM Center for Digestive Diseases to observe how they manage the treatment of patients living with HCV.
If you are interested in attending one of the training sessions please email the HCV team at HCVECHO@salud.unm.edu for available training dates.