Cardi-OH has partnered with Project ECHO® to increase the capacity of primary care providers to safely and effectively treat cardiovascular disease. Project ECHO® (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is an innovative educational program developed at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center.
Cardi-OH ECHO uses a combination of multi-point videoconferencing technology, case-based learning, promotion of best practices, and the monitoring of outcomes to create and support professional communities of learning and practice.
Project ECHO® is a lifelong learning and guided practice model that revolutionizes medical education and exponentially increases workforce capacity to provide best-practice specialty care and reduce health disparities. 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.
How Does It Work?
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.
For more information about Project ECHO®, including a listing of worldwide ECHO initiatives, please visit: https://echo.unm.edu/.
View the Project ECHO® Q&A Fact Sheet here.