Project Turns Rural Doctors Into Multidisciplinary Specialists

A decade ago, about 34,000 New Mexicans had hepatitis C, but fewer than 1,600 were receiving treatment. Why so few?

Two-thirds of New Mexicans live in rural areas but two-thirds of the state’s physicians are in urban areas, so taking advantage of new treatments required patients driving hundreds of miles for up to 18 sessions of treatment. That was impractical, and put treatment out of reach for most.

Enter Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes).


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