Emily Hecker, MSN, RN
Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator/Program Coordinator
Duke University School of Medicine
Emily J Hecker, MSN, RN is an experienced Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator with a background in community health nursing, public health, infectious diseases, and geriatrics. She is skilled in management of clinical research protocols from inception to closure, in public health department, outpatient, inpatient, and skilled nursing facilities. Her experience includes management of NIH-funded and industry-sponsored trials, investigator-initiated protocols, and mixed-methods protocols. In addition, she has served as a telehealth liaison and trainer for providers and families. She is the Program Coordinator for the CO-TEACH Curriculum: Creating Opportunities for Telehealth Education, Assessment, and Care through Hotspotting.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:

Purpose: The COVID-19 pandemic drastically expanded reliance on virtual care in clinical practice, as it offers increased flexibility and expanded access to care, particularly for patients with complex medical needs who are disproportionately impacted by non-medical drivers of health. Hotspotting programs partner health professions students with patients identified as “high utilizers” of health care resources in order to address social barriers to health, improve access to primary care, and reduce patient emergency department overutilization. Telehealth offers a solution to common social…
The COVID-19 pandemic led health systems to increasingly rely on telehealth for patient care. Despite rapidly changing clinical and regulatory environments, most healthcare providers and students were not equipped with formal training in telehealth-specific skills. With support from the American Medical Association, we convened an interprofessional team of clinicians and student leaders from UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke to develop a virtual interprofessional telehealth curriculum. The curriculum consisted of five, 90-minute, online interactive course sessions, including an introduction to…