The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has launched a new pilot program that leverages health IT and telemedicine to combat the growing problem of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in the United States.

Called Project ECHO, CDC has funded weekly videoconferencing programs in Arizona and Utah to boost primary care capacity for treatment of HCV in areas of the country that have a shortage of specialists. To date, 66 primary care clinicians, predominantly from rural settings, have received training through the program and 46 percent of patients have received antiviral treatment.

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