The greatest motivation for NextGen Precision Health is the opportunity to improve the lives of all Missourians. At the University of Missouri System, we have realized that our high-quality research enterprise, academic health system and Extension presence in every county of the state make us uniquely situated to make a positive impact on life in Missouri.
It takes an estimated 17 years for research discoveries to move into clinical practice. Our goal is to create a more efficient “bench-to-bedside” pipeline that rapidly converts our researchers’ discoveries into new technologies that translate to better treatments for patients. The research-to-health-care-technology pipeline also feeds into our statewide Extension network, with programs like the Missouri Telehealth Network and Show-Me ECHO making sure that every corner of the state benefits from the latest medical advances.
Learn more about how NextGen will make a statewide impact below.
MU Extension has faculty and staff in all 114 Missouri counties and the city of St. Louis. These community-based specialists are ideal partners to help connect the high-tech approach of NextGen Precision Health with the high-touch reach of Extension to Missourians throughout the state.
Missouri Telehealth Network and Show-Me ECHO
Missouri Telehealth Network (MTN) began in 1994 as one of the nation's first public-private partnerships in telehealth, increasing access to patient-centered health care for rural and underserved Missourians. MTN operates Show-Me ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes), a videoconferencing program that connects interdisciplinary teams of experts with primary care providers and other professionals. These teams collaborate in interactive case-based learning to develop advanced skills and best practices, which improves patient care access, quality and efficiency. MTN and the Show-Me ECHO network act as a conduit for health care advances to reach every Missouri family.