Project ECHO-HCV utilizes interactive web-based video conferencing to promote the sharing of knowledge in a partnership that facilitates the delivery of care to patients in their local surroundings and keeps providers up to date on new developments in treatment and research. It has been demonstrated in recent medical publications that patients with complex conditions can be successfully cared for in this method and are more likely to keep scheduled appointments and adhere to challenging medical regimens.
Community providers are organized into learning networks that meet on a weekly basis to present patient cases and learn from didactic education sessions.
In an article by the New England Journal of Medicine entitled “Hepatitis C in the United States,” it is stated that approximately 3.2 million people are currently infected with Hepatitis C in the United States. Linking these individuals to care is essential to the treatment and management of these individuals.
Providers are awarded one and a half hours of Category 1 CME credits for their participation in each ECHO Hepatitis C Clinic.
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