Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a movement to demonopolize knowledge and amplify the capacity to provide best practice care for underserved people all over the world. Project ECHO started as a way to meet local healthcare needs. Launched in 2003 by the University of New Mexico, Project ECHO operates more than 90 hubs worldwide covering more than 45 diseases and conditions.
Project ECHO is a collaborative model of medical education and care management that empowers clinicians everywhere to provide better care to more people, right where they live. It dramatically increases access to specialty treatment in rural and underserved areas by providing front-line clinicians with the knowledge and support they need to manage patients with complex conditions.
The heart of the ECHO model™ is its hub-and-spoke knowledge-sharing networks, led by expert teams who use multi-point videoconferencing to conduct virtual clinics with community providers. In this way, primary care doctors, nurses, and other clinicians learn to provide excellent specialty care to patients in their own communities.
|People need access to specialty care for their complex health conditions.||There aren’t enough specialists to treat everyone who needs care, especially in rural and underserved communities.||ECHO trains primary care clinicians to provide specialty care services. This means more people can get the care they need.||Patients get the right care, in the right place, at the right time. This improves outcomes and reduces costs.|
Project ECHO links expert specialist teams at an academic hub with primary care clinicians in local communities. Primary care clinicians, the spokes in our model, become part of a learning community, where they receive mentoring and feedback from specialists. Together, they manage patient cases so that patients get the care they need. Although the ECHO model makes use of telecommunications technology, it is different from telemedicine.
By participating in the OSU-CHS TeleECHO Clinics, primary care providers will:
The OSU-CHS Office of Continuing Medical Education is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians.
The OSU-CHS Office of Continuing Medical Education designates this program for a maximum of 2 AOA Category 1-A credits per session and will report CME specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.