Albuquerque, NM – November 11, 2013
Telemedicine technologies are proving to be an innovative answer to many problems associated with providing quality but lower cost healthcare to patients in New Mexico. The University of New Mexico is leading the way in developing new technologies. Dr. Sanjeev Arora from the Department of Internal Medicine at UNM’s Health Sciences Center, developed the Project ECHO® (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) model, whose mission is to develop the capacity to safely and effectively treat chronic, common, and complex diseases in rural and underserved areas and to monitor outcomes of this treatment. Project ECHO is a disruptive innovation that dramatically improves both capacity and access to specialty care for rural and underserved populations. The project uses specialists at UNM Hospital who provide local community doctors with the knowledge they need to treat these difficult diseases. Local start-up company VisionQuest Biomedical LLC has created a diagnostic eye camera using technology developed by Dr. Marios Pattichis and Dr. Victor Murray from the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering. To read more about these and other developments in telemedicine, see Dennis Domrzalski’s article, “The House Call, Transformed: Demand for Telemedicine Surges,” from the November 8, 2013 edition of Albuquerque Business First, linked below.
Source: Albuquerque Business First
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