|Tele Echo Clinic|
The project will incorporate Tele-ECHO clinics which will be once in a week or fortnightly of 60-120 mins. This will include a didactic presentation of 15-20 mins and case-presentation by the physicians via telephone or video conference. The practitioners can present cases in accordance with the template that would be provided to all participanting physicians. The case presentations are to be sent via email atleast 4-5 days before the Tele-ECHO clinic. The details of the participants will be maintained by ILBS for later evaluation for consideration of certificates. Each participant could receive a certificate issued by the institute at the end of two years acknowledging their capacity to treat these patients. The certificate will be provided on the basis of a fixed number of case presentations and attendance in various clinics by the primary care provider. The invitations to participate in these clinics would be sent to all participants at least 4-5 days in advance via e-mail.
Short training sessions would be organized for the participants to allow them to understand the use of technology that is required for these clinics to be functional.
Using the example of a patient who was just diagnosed with liver disease say hepatitis C; first the patient’s primary care physician presents that patient’s information during ILBS-ECHOs Tele-ECHO Clinic. The patient is not presented to the specialist in person. Presentation by physicians is done using video-conferencing. The physician is given a treatment plan for the patient. The participating physician follows the hepatitis C treatment protocol and presents the patient’s treatment status at important mile stones or when a health-related issue may impede treatment. The specialist then may change the treatment plan after discussion in the Tele-ECHO clinics to maximize the patient’s chance of cure.
Who Should AttendThis educational activity is intended for Consulting physicians and healthcare professionals in active clinical practice who are interested and/or involved in the care of patients with liver disease.