Opioid epidemic gets a helping hand from telehealth

All too often we hear the grim account on the evening news – another life lost in the opioid use crisis. Over 33,000 people died in the United States in 2015 alone, of opioid overdose and the impact is devastating on families and communities. But it is not all bad news – increasingly, states and organizations are […]

HTRC partners present at National Rural Health Association Conference

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 […]

Show-Me ECHO teams kick off fall season

The Missouri Project ECHO program kicked off the fall season this month with the start of their asthma and endocrinology ECHO programs. The Impact Asthma and Endocrinology ECHO programs meet each Tuesday. The asthma ECHO is from 12 noon – 1:30 p.m. and the endocrinology ECHO runs from 12 noon – 1 p.m. See the full […]

Kansas looks to expand their Project ECHO offerings

The Kansas Project ECHO, led by the University of Kansas Medical Center, will soon expand their ECHO offerings to include asthma and chronic pain. Project ECHO is a case-based model that uses videoconferencing to connect primary care providers (PCP) to teams of specialists so PCPs can improve their “specialty skills” for a particular chronic condition. […]

The Cherokee Nation recognizes the benefits of ECHO

We have previously covered the success stories of Project ECHO in Missouri and Kansas. Now, recent research has demonstrated Project ECHO to be effective for reducing Hepatitis C virus (HCV) rates among the Cherokee Nation population in Oklahoma. HCV is a silent but deadly disease and the majority of Americans with HCV are not aware that […]

mHealth’s role in the war on melanoma

Melanoma is a deadly disease, but detecting it early saves lives. If treated early, melanoma has a 5-year survival rate of 95%. Unfortunately, many people lack access to a dermatologist, making the early detection of melanoma challenging, but mHealth offers a solution. Programs such as Show-Me-ECHO are making progress by using dermatology specialists to remotely train and […]

Project ECHO is making waves on a national scale

People living in rural areas face many challenges when it comes to accessing healthcare, but a recent piece of legislation may bring a solution to this persistent problem. In April, Senators Orrin Hatch of Utah (R) and Brian Schatz of Hawaii (D) introduced a bipartisan bill to the United States Senate known as the Expanding […]

University of Kansas Pediatric ECHO

The University of Kansas now offers two pediatric ECHOs: one for epilepsy and another for psychopharmacology. ECHOs are teams of specialists who provide interactive feedback to primary care providers on certain topic via video conference. To sign up for an ECHO, please email Carla Deckert at cdeckert@kumc.edu. Scheduled ECHOs 2016 Children and Youth Epilepsy ECHO […]

What happens in an ECHO?

  Insights from Missouri’s Show-Me ECHO on asthma Show-Me ECHO®, the revolutionary learning module that teaches specialty skills to primary care providers via telehealth, could help change the health care landscape in Missouri. Recently, the Heartland Telehealth team sat in on an IMPACT Asthma ECHO to learn more. Every Tuesday, a team of asthma specialists meets […]

Project Echo Webinars

Over the next few months, Missouri Telehealth Network will be sponsoring a learning opportunity to primary care providers about Project ECHO®, a model for training and skill-building in specialized care. The Show-Me Echo clinics for each condition are listed below. The first webinar takes place Wednesday, Sept. 30 from 12-1 p.m. Contact information for registration can also be […]

Missouri telehealth project lands state funding

Missouri just became one of the first states in the nation to receive state funding, totaling $1.5 million, to implement Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes), a revolutionary use of telemedicine.  ECHO allows a panel of experts in population centers to mentor and share their expertise with primary care providers in outlying parts of […]

Show-Me ECHO launches early to bring needed pain relief

Missouri has expanded the groundbreaking telehealth Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes, or ECHO, program with the launch of Show-Me ECHO. Based on the Project ECHO model established by Dr. Sanjeev Arora, Show-Me ECHO uses video conferencing technology to link primary care providers with specialists who provide expert guidance on cases. Originally slated to launch in January […]

MTN builds capacity for Mexico

Missouri Telehealth Network has continued to extend its global reach. Last year a contingent of MTN representatives traveled to Serbia to help set up a national telemedicine network, and this summer MTN hosted Paulina Vazquez Maldonado, a public health graduate student from Morelos, Mexico. Vazquez, who is writing a grant to start a diabetes telemedicine program, […]

Show-ME ECHO mentoring project set to begin in Missouri

A revolution is happening in rural community health, and HTRC’s Missouri Director, Rachel Mutrux, has been at the forefront of the effort for the Show-Me State. Project ECHO, which stands for Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes, is the brainchild of New Mexico hematologist Dr. Sanjeev Arora, helps train primary care doctors to treat specific conditions […]