Project ECHO

Project ECHO

Project ECHO™ (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a movement to de-monopolize knowledge and amplify local capacity that provides best-practice care for underserved people all over the world. The ECHO model is committed to addressing the needs of the most vulnerable populations by equipping communities with the right knowledge, at the right place, at the right time.

Fundamental Principals of the Project ECHO model are:

  1. Use Technology to leverage scarce resources
  2. Share “best practices” to reduce disparities
  3. Apply case-based learning to master complexity
  4. Evaluate and monitor outcomes via web-based database

Project ECHO: Northern New England Network uses the ECHO model™, developed at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.  Project ECHO™ has shown improvements in health care for rural and underserved populations across the world.  The model connects specialists to primary care teams through case-based educational teleECHO™ sessions.  Unlike “telemedicine” where specialists assume the care of patients, teleECHO sessions are educationally focused, using experts to mentor and teach, and extending peer learning in the principle of ‘all teach, all learn.’  Participating clinicians retain responsibility for their patients’ care, while gaining the knowledge and skills to treat patients in their own communities. Activities include: 1) the implementation of a regional Project ECHO Replication Hub; 2) facilitated teleECHO sessions on topics of high priority in the region; and (3) coordination with teleECHO sessions offered by others.

Formal partners in the Project ECHO: Northern New England Network include: New Hampshire Citizens Health Initiative (NHCHI), Vermont Program for Quality in Healthcare (VPQHC), Northeast Telehealth Resource Center (NETRC), Maine Area Health Education Center, University of New England, New Hampshire Area Health Education Center, and University of Vermont (UVM) Office of Primary Care & Area Health Education Center.   A broader, informal network of rural organizations and providers will continue to be engaged across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

Project ECHO: A Revolutionary Model for Expanding Access to Specialized Care

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This project is supported by FONCMS-1L1-15-003 from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS),
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
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