Project ECHO

What is Project ECHO?

Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a guided-practice model that aims to increase workforce capacity by sharing knowledge.  Specialists at the “hub” site meet regularly with primary care providers in local communities via videoconferencing to train the primary care providers in the delivery of specialty care services.

The ECHO model™, developed at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, does not actually provide care directly to patients. Instead, it provides front-line clinicians with the knowledge and support they need to manage patients with complex conditions—in the patients’ own communities. This dramatically increases access to specialty treatment in rural and underserved areas.

In the 2nd video, the family medicine PA cured her patient of Hep C with help from Project ECHO:

An ECHO clinic is essentially virtual chart rounds. Primary care providers from multiple locations videoconference at regularly scheduled times with a team of specialists and present their patient cases.
ATP ECHO clinics are designed to provide a consultative link between specialists and community clinicians throughout the state.
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