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Wednesday, November 28 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
E-28 - Making Rope from Strands: Designing Robust, Capacity-building Outreach Networks Through Technology (CE)

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As the HIV epidemic matures, access to primary care providers with HIV expertise will become increasingly important to maintain high quality care. In this changing environment, HIV care may become increasingly decentralized and more broadly distributed among primary care clinicians. Given these changes, how will Ryan White programs and Academic Medical Centers adapt to extend their expertise to Community Health Centers (CHC’s) in rural and underserved communities? Strategic application of telehealth—spanning interactive video, web streaming, text, and analog voice interaction—is one approach. This session will describe the experience of NW AETC ECHO providing telehealth consultations to clinicians in the Pacific Northwest and the application of this technology to the future of HIV care.

Learning Objectives:

  • Distinguish telehealth from traditional telemedicine in terms of efficiency, resource distribution, workforce development, and capacity-building potential
  • Describe components of the Project ECHO model and how they help to build knowledge networks of multi-disciplinary HIV clinicians across geographic region
  • Articulate practical steps to plan, implement, and deploy an HIV- or Hepatitis C-focused telehealth program in a particular geographic region


Christian Ramers

Medical Director, NW AETC ECHO
Dr. Ramers is the Medical Director of NW AETC ECHO. He is a clinician-teacher at the University of Washington School of Medicine and oversees the Madison (HIV) Clinic’s satellite clinic program. He maintains a large, mainly Spanish-speaking patient panel, has clinical experience... Read More →

Karla Thornton

Associate Director, Project ECHO - UNM
Dr. Thornton is the Associate Director of Project ECHO at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. She is an Associate Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases. Her clinical expertise is in the treatment of HCV and HIV and she facilitates the HIV and HCV teleECHO... Read More →

Kent Unruh

Program Manager, UW ECHO
Kent Unruh is an informatics specialist and overall Program Administrator for UW Project ECHO, overseeing operations across telehealth programs in Chronic Pain, Hepatitis C, HIV, Psychiatry and Addictions. He has published broadly in informatics and his core area of expertise is technology-based... Read More →

Wednesday November 28, 2012 3:30pm - 5:00pm EST
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