IT employed in hepatitis-C fight in rural New Mexico

By Bernie Monegain
12:00 AM

A pilot project in New Mexico to treat patients with hepatitis C has completed deployment of a new Web-based tool that is already boosting the efforts.

The application, developed by Infosys Technologies, links rural physicians to specialists at the University of New Mexico. It facilitates real-time flow and access of interoperable clinical data among participating health providers as part of Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes).

The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center and the Departments of Health and Corrections developed Project ECHO, which is funded by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Project ECHO's Web-based patient management tool has an intuitive Web interface that integrates patient data in real-time from participating health providers, leveraging Infosys' Healthcare Integration & Collaboration solution.

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As a result, physicians are able to co-manage patients based on a more accurate exchange of data.

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