SDG Helps Project ECHO® Automate Remote Patient Data Collection through Mobile Applications

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The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center (UNMHSC) automates data collection for remote Community Health Workers using secure mobile applications.

SDG Corporation, a leading provider of IT security and enterprise risk management solutions, announced it has partnered with the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center to develop mobile connectivity with remote CHWs (Community Health Workers) as part of their Project ECHO initiative. In addition to replacing a current paper based process, the application provides automated qualification indicators to inform the patient if they qualify for participation and next steps. This is expected to provide expedited follow up with ‘at risk’ patients and ultimately access to the rich pool of virtual medical talent for diagnosis and treatment recommendations. The mobile application also allows CHWs to track their activity, present educational content and participate in video conferences using Zoom. Project ECHO is presently in beta phase for Endocrinology and plans to roll-out the app for other disease states in the future.

Rajneesh Mishra, SDG’s mobile practice leader, commented on the security aspects of the application: “The ECHO Mobile Application is designed to comply with HIPAA and UNMHSC’s security & privacy policies (i.e. HIPAA Title II, Section 2.1 – Privacy Rule and Section 2.3 Security Rule). To protect the security and privacy of PHI (Protected Health Information), the ECHO mobile application uses advanced authentication and cryptographic techniques to encrypt and decrypt PHI.”

“We are very excited about the rollout and adoption of this new mobile application. It represents another milestone in Project ECHO as we continue to scale and improve our data collection productivity for community health workers, patient privacy, and ultimately better preventative care for participating partner sites across the state of New Mexico, the US and the world,” commented Dr. Sanjeev Arora, MD, Director of Project ECHO.

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About the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center and Project ECHO

Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a movement to demonopolize knowledge and amplify the capacity to provide best practice care for underserved people all over the world. This low-cost, high-impact intervention is accomplished by linking expert inter-disciplinary specialist teams with multiple primary care clinicians simultaneously through teleECHO™ clinics, where experts mentor and share their expertise via case-based learning, enabling primary care clinicians to develop the ability to treat patients with complex conditions in their own communities. The ECHO model™ is not ‘traditional telemedicine’ where the specialist assumes the care of the patient, but instead a guided practice model where the clinician retains responsibility for managing the patient.

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