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OSU-CHS Project ECHO

Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (Project ECHO) is a collaborative model of medical education and care management that empowers clinicians in rural and underserved communities to provide specialty care to more people right where they live. Launched in 2003 by the University of New Mexico, Project ECHO operates more than 90 hubs worldwide covering more than 45 diseases and conditions.

Project ECHO: A Revolution in Medical Education and Care Delivery

Project ECHO is a collaborative model of medical education and care management that empowers clinicians everywhere to provide better care to more people, right where they live. It dramatically increases access to specialty treatment in rural and underserved areas by providing front-line clinicians with the knowledge and support they need to manage patients with complex conditions.

The heart of the ECHO modelâ„¢ 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.

 

Why ECHO?

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.

 


Benefits of ECHO

By participating in the OSU-CHS TeleECHO Clinics, primary care providers will:

  • Obtain knowledge from specialists
  • Obtain CME credit for participation
  • Advance knowledge to improve patient care
  • Engage with an expert team and collaborate with the ECHO community
  • Be able to provide psychiatric care in your own communities instead of referring long distances for specialized care

 

Continuing Medical Education

The OSU-CHS Office of Continuing Medical Education is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians.

The OSU-CHS Office of Continuing Medical Education designates this program for a maximum of 2 AOA Category 1-A credits per session and will report CME specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.

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