• Center on Health Equity and Access
  • Clinical
  • Health Care Cost
  • Health Care Delivery
  • Insurance
  • Policy
  • Technology
  • Value-Based Care

Dr Sanjeev Arora: Project ECHO Addresses Shortage of Knowledge

Video

Project ECHO can be used to improve access to care in rural and underserved areas by sharing knowledge, said Sanjeev Arora, MD, FACG, MACP, director and founder of Project ECHO and a professor of medicine at University of New Mexico.

Project ECHO can be used to improve access to care in rural and underserved areas by sharing knowledge, said Sanjeev Arora, MD, FACG, MACP, director and founder of Project ECHO and a professor of medicine at University of New Mexico.

Transcript

What are some of the impacts of Project ECHO?

If a patient wants treatment, they can get treatment anywhere in New Mexico, and even in 2003 when I started Project ECHO, it was not a shortage of medicines—the medicines were available for every patient that I had—it was a shortage of knowledge. But now we have the right knowledge at the right place at that right time, and people can get access to treatment and the cure rates are very high and access is really good for hepatitis C.

Now, my dream is that I can have the same kind of access for many, many other health conditions, including cancer. So, for example, there is now a lot of evidence that patients in rural areas have higher mortality from cancer. We also know that African American women have the same mortality from breast cancer in the ‘70s as white women. Now, African American women die—43% more likely to die from breast cancer if they have it than white women. So, we want to reduce this disparity, because right now it’s very difficult to get best-practice care to underserved areas, to rural areas, because the right experts are not there. The right knowledge is not there.

Related Videos
dr daniel ontaneda
Shauna Downs, PhD, MS | Image Credit: Rutgers School of Public Health
Sudipto Mukherjee, MD, PhD, MPH, hematology and medical oncology, Cleveland Clinic
James Robinson, PhD, MPH, University of California, Berkeley
Douglas K. Marks, MD | Image credit: NYU Langone Health
Kiana Mehring, MBA, director of strategic partnerships, managed care at Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS)
James Robinson, PhD, MPH, University of California, Berkeley
Carrie Kozlowski
Sudipto Mukherjee, MD, PhD, MPH, hematology and medical oncology, Cleveland Clinic
Carrie Kozlowski, OT, MBA
Related Content
© 2024 MJH Life Sciences
AJMC®
All rights reserved.