Project ECHO
Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) expands access to healthcare by helping primary care clinicians in rural and underserved areas manage complex diseases. They do this by consulting with medical specialists via video conferencing technology.
Credit: John Arnold

 

U.S. Senator Tom Udall will meet with Project ECHO directors and tour the site at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center Wednesday, December 14.

Project ECHO brings specialists and rural physicians together via video-conferencing and is considered a national model for providing quality healthcare to rural areas in New Mexico and across the country.  Udall, a longtime supporter of the tele-health program, co-sponsored a bill to expand the Project ECHO model across the country. The bill passed the Senate last month and is awaiting the president's signature.

On Wednesday, Udall will meet with Project ECHO founder, Sanjeev Arora, M.D., to tour the Project ECHO site, discuss the ECHO Act and view a demonstration of an ECHO clinic during a roundtable with rural providers over video-conference.

The ECHO Act will expand the Project Echo model by integrating it into existing programs at the Department of Health and Human Services with the goal of improving access to healthcare in rural communities throughout the nation.

The tour will be at 10 a.m. at the Project ECHO offices at 1650 University Boulevard NE in Albuquerque.