West Virginia health and research organizations have partnered to increase access to specialty treatment for Hepatitis-C in rural and underserved areas through telemedicine. A kickoff event for the project will be held today at The West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute in Morgantown.
The idea behind the project – named ECHO, or Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes – is to increase patients' access to specialists without having to physically leave their local communities. It is a national model.
Through video-conferencing, specialists at academic institutions will work with primary care providers in rural areas to help care for patients with Hepatitis-C. This will be the first ECHO project on Hepatitis-C in West Virginia. The new West Virginia Project ECHO is partnering with Cabin Creek Health Systems and other rural clinics throughout the state.
A Tuesday kickoff event at the West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute in Morgantown will include speakers and a short presentation about the new initiative.
The project is slated to begin April 26th.
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