VA Begins Pilot Test of Linking Primary Care Providers to Specialists Using Video Conferencing
Posted Jul 13 2012 2:00pm
With video conferencing real intelligent conversations will serve to increase communications both ways. There’s always the other methodologies, such as email and other text information sharing formats, but stop and think, why do we have “smileys”? Sometimes you need sound as when you don’t have it and see lines of text only, some things gets misinterpreted.
Happens to me all the time with emails I send and with those I receive, it’s on both sides, and it takes more time to email as well, so there’s a time and place for both and this looks to be an excellent way for better collaboration for better care. BD
VA medical centers in 12 regions will start the initiative, says Rajiv Jain, M.D., chief patient care services officer at VA. The project is called Specialty Care Access Network-Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes, or SCAN-ECHO. It is the first national implementation of Project ECHO, developed by Sanjeev Arora, M.D., a liver disease specialist at University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center.
While the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is supporting some regional Project ECHO implementations, the VA is paying for its program. At the VA, SCAN-ECHO will enable primary care providers and specialists at academic medical centers or other facilities to videoconference weekly. These sessions will be virtual clinics, similar to the grand rounds that teaching hospitals use to educate physicians on new research and treatments.