Project Echo – Telementoring for Complex Health Conditions

Project echo is a telementoring model that connects primary care physicians with multidisciplinary teams of specialists. This method is designed to enhance the care provided to patients with complex health issues especially in rural and underserved areas.

The ECHO model was created at the University of New Mexico in 2003, with a focus on treating the hepatitis C patients in underserved populations and prisons. The ECHO model has since been replicated across the world in many areas of clinical practice, including asthma, diabetes, chronic pain, and rheumatology. The ECHO model has been supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as well as the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) as well as the GE Foundation and the Leona M. and Harry B Helmsley Charitable Trust.

In ECHO sessions, participants present case studies that have been identified and participate in group discussion with experts on content via videoconferencing. In this “all-teach and learn” format, providers share experiences and knowledge to help answer questions, provide feedback, and offer suggestions.

The ECHO model also permits remote monitoring of the patient’s outcomes. Specialists from the University of New Mexico follow the treatment plans of each community provider to ensure that their patients receive the highest quality of care. If a patient is unable to follow the prescribed treatment experts can suggest mid-course corrections. This helps to stop treatment failure and increases the likelihood of getting a positive result. Furthermore, specialists can use the ECHO system to track their data and identify gaps in care. This information is then relayed back to local doctors and allows them to better assist their patients.

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