The UNM Health Sciences Center’s Project ECHO will receive a national award in the “Transforming Care Delivery at the Point of Care” category as part of the eHealth Initiative Fifth Annual Conference and Awards Dinner on Wednesday, December 3 in Washington D.C.

Project ECHO has proven to be a new and innovative model for treating complex chronic diseases in rural and underserved areas of New Mexico. Project ECHO is a partnership between the Department of Health, the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, the New Mexico Corrections Department, and the New Mexico Primary Care Association. It began in 2003 and provides medical providers across the state with expert advice through telehealth sessions on treating their patients.

Via technology, ECHO has been able to bridge the gap between urban healthcare specialists and providers in rural settings. Collaboration between specialists and rural providers enable patients to receive state of the art healthcare from the professionals they know and trust in their own communities. For providers, co-management of the often lengthy and involved treatments brings added depth and technical competencies and reduces professional isolation.

Nationally, four organizations are being given awards for having demonstrated leadership and excellence in using information and information technology to drive health and healthcare Improvements. The other awards being presented are for engaging consumers, aligning incentives, and improving population health.


Contact: Cindy Foster, 272-3322