The Dermatology ECHO program aims to improve access to dermatologic care by providing evidence based approaches and training to primary care providers. Through twice-monthly teleECHO sessions, this program focuses on expanding access to care, improving care for the benefit of the community, and decreasing overall healthcare costs by decreasing referrals for common conditions including but not limited to acne vulgaris, actinic keratosis, seborrheic keratosis, and hidradenitis suppurativa. Education consists of brief lectures and case discussion with Board Certified Dermatologists to support participants in becoming comfortable with diagnosis and basic first-line treatment of these conditions. Participants are eligible to receive continuing medical education (CME) credits at no-cost to participants.
This program was developed to improve dermatologic care state-wide. In the State of New Mexico, there are only approximately 33 board certified general dermatologists that serve a population of over two million persons. Patients may experience long wait times and have to travel a great distance to see a dermatologist. Early access care improves outcomes and decreases morbidity and mortality. The program utilizes the ECHO Model to focus on the goal of decreasing wait times, travel expenses, and referrals to see a specialist by training and supporting primary care dermatology healthcare professionals.
Physicians, Advanced Practice Providers, Pharmacists, RNs, Medical Assistants, and other healthcare professionals.