An Innovation in Provider Training Increases Access to Care for Sickle Cell Disease Patients

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

From NICHQ Insights

Telementoring Spreads Expert Care Across the Nation

Approximately 100,000 Americans are battling sickle cell disease (SCD), an inherited blood disorder that primarily affects individuals of African and Hispanic descent. SCD causes episodes of excruciating pain and can result in stroke and organ damage, which is why timely and coordinated care is critical. But a shortage of expert providers, especially in rural and underserved areas, means that SCD patients often can’t access the comprehensive specialty care and treatments they need. Now, an internationally recognized telementoring initiative is transforming provider training to enhance care delivery and improve access to care and quality of life for SCD patients across the country...