Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) uses technology to leverage scarce resources, reduces disparities in care by demonopolizing knowledge, provides case-based learning to enhance mastery of complex information and increase impact, and uses web-based databases to monitor outcomes.
Description of the video:
Project ECHO is a performance optimizer. Think of it as a high speed internet connection for the healthcare system. It spreads new medical knowledge throughout the healthcare system from university medical centers and other specialty sites to the front lines of community care. Rather than information flowing in one direction, community providers learn from specialists, they learn from each other, and specialists learn from community providers as new best practices emerge. Under ECHO, community providers use video technology to participate in guided practice with specialist mentors.
They acquire new skills that allow them to treat patients that they otherwise would have referred out. Patients with complex chronic conditions get high quality care where they live from providers they know. No waiting months to see a specialist. No long drives back and forth to get critical care. ECHO exponentially increases access to specialty care by moving knowledge instead of moving patients. Suffering and pain are reduced, and lives are improved and even saved. Project ECHO - changing the world fast.
This is a cost-free partnership between local primary care providers and the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health (RMFSPH) to improve access to high quality treatment for common, complex and chronic diseases in Indiana. With support from interdisciplinary teams of medical specialists based in Indianapolis, the RMFSPH ECHO Center uses technology to facilitate mentoring and knowledge sharing, enabling clinicians to provide best practice care locally.
Benefits of Participation
- Free continuing medical education (CME) credits
- The opportunity to present your complex cases and receive feedback from IU specialists and your peers
- Improve your skills and practice at the top of your license
- Retain patients in their medical home
- Open access to all ECHO references and resources