The Specialty Care Access Network-Extension of Community Healthcare Outcomes program, or SCAN-ECHO, is a telehealth-based program created by the Richmond Veterans Affairs in 2011 to increase specialty care to patients being considered for orthotopic liver transplantation.
According to Venkata Rajesh Konjeti, MD, and colleagues, the program was designed to transfer subspecialty hepatology and liver transplant knowledge to non-transplant providers. SCAN-ECHO was highly effective in identifying non-candidates for transplantation without further tests in a recent study conducted by Konjeti and colleagues.
“Our data indicate that a telehealth-based triage reduces futile transplant evaluations by approximately 60%,” Konjeti and colleagues wrote. “It is also possible that knowledge diffusion through SCAN-ECHO played a role in reducing referrals of transplant non-candidates.”