Representatives from HTRC partners Missouri Telehealth Network and University of Kansas Center for Telemedicine and Telehealth recently presented on Project ECHO and telehealth at the National Rural Health Association Conference in San Diego. Carla Decker, director of Project ECHO at the University of Kansas and Rachel Mutrux, director of Missouri Telehealth Network were invited to speak by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Office for the Advancement of Telehealth.
Though providers often vie w telehealth as a way to connect rural patients to specialists in larger cities, ECHO uses telehealth to build capacity in rural areas by training providers in specialty skills so they can treat rural patients locally. In her presentation, Decker also pointed out a useful “side-effect” of EC HO: using video-conferencing for ECHO can help make providers more comfortable with the technology, thereby increasing their willingnes s to use telehealth with patients in the future.
The session was moderated by Sarah Bryce, deputy director of the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Office for the Advancement of Telehealth. Becky Sanders, director of the Upper Mid-West Telehealth Resource Center also presented.