21 WORLD GASTROENTEROLOGY NEWS JANUARY 2016 Gastro 2015: AGW-WGO | Expert Point of View | Gastro 2016: EGHS-WGO | WDHD News | WGO & WGOF News | WGO Global Guidelines | Calendar of Events First day of training and integration of Project ECHO Uruguay. more than 60 doctors, nurses, and other professionals integrating ECHO from inside the country; more than 10 patients benefited directly from the interdisciplinary analysis of their clinical condition and follow up, and an undetermined number of patients across the health system began to ben-efit from the training of professionals thanks to ECHO. What other ECHO clinics have been established? In February 2015, the activities began with the first joint Hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS ECHO teleclínic. Later began the following ECHO clinics: • Anemia and frequent consulta-tions in hematology, coordi-nated by the Department Chair of Hematology - Prof. Lilián Díaz, Hospital de Clínicas. • Cervical cancer, coordinated by the Department Chair of Gynecol-ogy A - Prof. L. Briozzo, C. H. Pereira Rossell. • Autism spectrum disorders, coordinated by the Department Chair of Pediatrics C - Prof. G. Giachetto, C. H. Pereira Rossell. • Palliative care, coordinated by the Palliative Care Service - Dr. Gabriela Píriz, Hospital Maciel. • Heart failure, coordinated by the Multidisciplinary Heart Failure Unit - Prof. Gabriela Ormaechea y Prof. Agr. Pablo Álvarez. The idea is to launch new clinics in 2016. How are the first evaluations the project in general? We have had very big success be-cause we quickly went from one to two and two to seven diseases. We also had the opportunity to launch from here the first ECHO clinic in Brazil, where a case of Hepatitis C was discussed. Two ECHO clinics on Hepatitis C were also launched in Argentina. We believe this project will continue to grow and will be a true transformation because it manages two fundamental things: on one side, to democratize access to health care of any person, regardless of his place of residence and socioeconomic status. And on the other, de-monopolize medical knowledge; i.e. no need to be a teacher or be in an important center to have medical knowledge. What other benefits does Project ECHO have? ECHO produces quick effects and the costs are minimal. The first evalu-ation studies determined that only 10% of patients move now than before. Therefore, 90% of patients can determine their condition from where they live. I think this project is a real revolution and is very positive because it has very fast results. To learn more about Project ECHO Uruguay, please visit http://www. gastro.hc.edu.uy/echo.html. To learn more about Project ECHO UNM, please visit http://echo.unm. edu/. Many thanks to Info Celiacos for providing the article, which was translated and reprinted with their permission and can be found in Span-ish here. Prof. Arora’s objective is to ensure that one billion people leave improved with the ECHO system by 2025. This amount does not mean one billion patients, but one billion improved, that is, if we speak of a child with autism we take into account the patient and their environment as well. In 2014, the first day of training and integration of Project ECHO Uru-guay was held. In 2015 the second day was held with all of the people who comprise of the ECHO clinics, both Montevideo and the interior of the country, to evaluate the project. Recently, Project ECHO of the University of New Mexico (UNM) of-fered ECHO Uruguay to become a super hub. This distinction will mean a new agreement between the University of the Republic of Uruguay and the UNM, and will result in colleagues from Latin America who wish to start ECHO, the option to train in Uruguay instead of traveling to Albuquerque.
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