TeleHealth News


April 14, 2016




Hundreds of participants from around the world filled Hotel Albuquerque for the MetaECHO conference last week. It was heart warming to see so many with so much enthusiasm using UNM's Project ECHO. Doctor Sanjeev Arora's achievement is phenomenal and it was clearly evident in the way this program has made an impact worldwide.

Many testimonials were given to the credit and the contribution of the program. Especially in the rural areas of the world. An attendee from Canada was almost in tears thanking the program for the profound changes it has made in the rural part of that country. A doctor from a small town in India and another from Ecuador shared their success stories, as did many others. Don Berwick, of Institute for Healthcare Improvement, along with Deborah Elam, President of GE Foundation, were the keynote speakers and their excitement in this work and the potential for the future of the Project ECHO was clearly contagious. Other dignitaries like; Sen. Jeff Bingaman, Chancellor Paul Roth of UNM HSC, Hanumappa Sudarshan MD, founder of the Karuna Trust, Ms. Kana Enomoto, Acting Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and others added to the overall success of the program.

The theme of the program was to "REACH A BILLION PEOPLE BY 2025!" What a wonderful vision. The beauty of the program is that it touches a billion people not in mass, but rather everyone of them individually. All clearly reached, educated, helped and hopefully cured. Though it may seem a daunting task, it's benefits reveal the unlimited need for it.

Of interest is that it was reported in the last weekend's news that Hugh Jackman, the movie star, has started a coffee business to help the coffee growers of Ethiopia. He said that, "Back in 2009, while making the documentary "Dukale's Dream" for the humanitarian group World Vision, he met a young coffee grower who forever changed his life."
Jackman said; "It's like, you're better to have risked something, even if it doesn't work out, than to have never tried."

He says that through his venture, he hopes to change the world, one cup of coffee at a time. Well just think that if one cup of coffee could change the world, what every call made to Project ECHO could do for our world. So it is that we salute Doctor Arora and his vision. We hope and pray that more than a billion is reached by his venture and others learn and use the idea to truly make telehealth and telemedicine the key to healthcare for everyone on our planet.



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Of Onterest:

There are hundreds of individuals in medicine that have made great contributions to the field. They mostly are well known. Here are five Individuals whom you may not know;

Maurice Ralph Hilleman was an American microbiologist who developed over 36 vaccines, more than any other scientist. Including those for measles, mumps, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, chickenpox, meningitis, pneumonia and Haemophilus influenzae bacteria

James Harrison, known as the Man with the golden arm, is a blood plasma donor from Australia whose unusual plasma composition has been used to treat Rhesus disease. His over 1000 donations throughout his lifetime have saved over two million unborn babies.

Archibald Hector McIndoe was a New Zealand-born surgeon whose pioneering treatment of burn victims during the Second World War revolutionized the field of plastic surgery.

Charles Drew was an African-American surgeon who pioneered methods of storing blood plasma for transfusion and organized the first large-scale blood bank in the U.S.

Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman to graduate from medical school in the United States. She became a leading public health activist during her lifetime.


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