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ECHO Helps N.Y’s Rural Elderly

Federal Telemedicine News, May 14, 2017

Demand for mental healthcare services will continue to grow, according to the New York State Office of Mental Health. The number of adults age 65 or older will almost double from $2.5 million as reported in 2016 and grow to $4 million by 2030. The number of patients with mental illness is expected to rise from 495,000 to 772,000 by that time.

Project ECHO is a telehealth distance-learning model to help rural clinicians acquire new expertise and to provide evidence-based healthcare to underserved patients by consulting with experts in major cities. Project ECHO GEMH focuses on elderly patients with dementia or mental disorders living in remote or medically underserved areas of New York.

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