The Department of Veterans Affairs has started pilot tests of linking its primary care providers with specialists via videoconferencing technology.

VA medical centers in 12 regions will start the initiative, says Rajiv Jain, M.D., chief patient care services officer at VA. The project is called Specialty Care Access Network-Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes, or SCAN-ECHO. It is the first national implementation of Project ECHO, developed by Sanjeev Arora, M.D., a liver disease specialist at University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center.

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