The GE Foundation has announced a $14 million grant to the University of New Mexico to expand Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes), an innovative care delivery model that exponentially increases access to high-quality care in medically underserved areas.
The three-year grant will be used to boost the number of federally qualified health centers participating in the program and expand the capacity of community-based primary care providers, enabling them to train in select specialty areas and patients to receive the care they need in their own communities. Using basic videoconferencing technology, the program also will link community providers with specialist care teams at academic medical centers to manage patients who require complex specialty care.
"The ECHO model is transformative," said GE Foundation chief medical officer David Barash. "Instead of making patients travel to where care is available, as the current system does, ECHO makes care available to patients where they live. It empowers front-line primary care clinicians and creates new treatment capacity in rural and underserved communities. As a result, patients get the right care, at the right time, in the right place."