Rena Fox and ECHO Team Win PRIDE Award

Rena Fox, MD, and the UCSF Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) Team have been selected to receive the UCSF Health Team PRIDE Award. The ECHO team was recognized for their continuous demonstration of the UCSF core values: Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Diversity and Excellence.

In the UCSF Hepatitis C ECHO Clinic, a multi-disciplinary team of UCSF specialist partners uses web-based technology to meet with primary care providers in underserved communities. The goals are to educate and guide PCPs on the treatment of patients with hepatitis C. This enables specialists to co-manage patients and monitor outcomes, reducing variations in care and allowing more patients to be served in their own communities at a lower cost. Tele-ECHO sessions are held biweekly as live virtual clinics with didactics, case presentations and discussions.

The UCSF team consists of physicians, nurse practitioners, and pharmacists who treat hepatitis C. Research has consistently shown the benefits of remote training, in which academic medical specialists provide instruction, mentoring and technical assistance to rural and other isolated primary care providers via regular video-based case conferences, brief teachings and ongoing clinical consultation