Building Communities of Practice Through Innovation

Dr. Sanjeev Arora, MD, FACP, MACP

Enjoy his keynote speech!

Dr. Arora shared his vision and experience with Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes), a disruptive innovation that dramatically improves both capacity and access to specialty care for rural and underserved populations.


Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes)

Project ECHO is a disruptive innovation that dramatically improves both capacity and access to specialty care for rural and underserved populations.  This low-cost, high-impact intervention is accomplished by linking expert inter-disciplinary specialist teams with primary care clinicians through teleECHO clinics, in which the experts co-manage patient cases and share their expertise via mentoring, guidance, feedback and didactic education.  This enables primary care clinicians to develop the skills and knowledge to treat patients with common, complex diseases in their own communities which reduces travel costs, wait times, and avoidable complications.

Technology is used to leverage scarce healthcare resources, and the specialists at Academic Medical Centers are better able to attend the most complex, high-risk patients. The ECHO model is not “telemedicine” where the specialist assumes the care of the patient, but instead a guided practice model where the primary care clinician retains responsibility for managing the patient, operating with increasing independence as their skills and self-efficacy grow.

Links to QC2018 Speaker Presentations

Addressing Healthcare Affordability – Locally and Nationally
presented by
Elizabeth Mitchell, CEO & President, Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement

Building Quality into Dementia Care & Mental Health for Older Mainers
presented by Cliff Singer, MD, EMMC & Acadia Hospital

Cultivating Communities of Practice for High-Value Care
presented by Sanjeev Arora, MD, FACP, MACP; and Erika Harding, MA / Project ECHO

Joining the Movement: Replication Hubs in Maine
presented by Erika Harding, MA, ECHO Institute; Maine Derm ECHO; MaineHealth Endo ECHO; and QC Compassionate Tapering ECHO

MaineCDC Chronic Disease Improvement Collaborative
presented by Diandra Staples, Practice Manager, HealthReach Bingham Area Health Center; Kim Gardner, Clinical Improvement Program Director, and Jessica Reed, Quality Improvement Manager, both of QC

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