New Mexico is known for its beautiful, wide-open spaces. What many people may not know is that fully one-third of the state’s population resides in rural or frontier settings, making it very difficult for them to access health care.
As our state’s flagship nursing program, the University of New Mexico College of Nursing is finding innovative solutions to help meet the critical need for health care providers in these areas.
One way we do this is through the TeleECHO clinic operated with the primary care Area Health Education Centers. A video conferencing network developed by UNM’s Project ECHO connects practitioners located in rural areas with experts on the Health Sciences Center campus to consult on complex patient cases to improve patient outcomes.