Project ECHO

Project ECHO

Project ECHO is a model for lifelong medical learning and collaborative practice that links front-line primary care clinicians with specialist care teams at university medical centers to manage patients who have chronic conditions requiring complex care.  It is transforming the way medical knowledge is shared and translated into everyday practice – and, in the process, enabling thousands of people in remote and medically underserved communities to get care they couldn’t easily get before, if at all.

Sanjeev Arora, a liver disease specialist and social entrepreneur at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, created Project ECHO initially as a way to expand access to hepatitis C treatment.  Since its launch in 2003, the ECHO model has spread rapidly, with implementations for a variety of conditions – from mental illness to chronic pain to high-risk pregnancy – at nearly a dozen partner sites.  The newly launched ECHO Institute, supported by a two-year, $5 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is working to spread ECHO, both nationally and globally.

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University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center

Albuquerque, NM

Sanjeev Arora, MD, FACP, FACG
Project Director

Nancy Barrand

Nancy Barrand, senior adviser for program development

Expanding Workforce Capacity

Project ECHO serves as an operating platform for upgrading the health care workforce so that clinicians on the front lines of care can learn new skills and do more for more patients,” says Nancy Barrand, senior adviser for program development.

#RWJF's Nancy Barrand: By sharing knowledge, we create new knowledge that improves medical care

News and published research from Project ECHO

Demonopolizing Medical Knowledge

Demonopolizing Medical Knowledge

To bridge the disconnect between specialized medical knowledge confined to academic medical centers from the clinicians on the front lines of patient care, medical knowledge must be demonopolized. Learn how Project ECHO demonopolizes specialized medical knowledge and expertise, and increases access to care in rural and underserved area

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A Workforce That Can Do More: Project ECHO at Ten Years Brings Behavioral Health Care to Underserved Areas

A Workforce That Can Do More: Project ECHO at Ten Years Brings Behavioral Health Care to Underserved Areas

Our workforce needs to be upgradable, and Project ECHO is the operating platform we need to make that happen, writes RWJF senior vice president John Lumpkin on the Health Affairs GrantWatch blog.

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Project ECHO Brings Complex, Chronic Care to Veterans

Project ECHO Brings Complex, Chronic Care to Veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced the first nationwide implementation of Project ECHO as a way to bring high-quality, complex care to veterans across the VA system, regardless of where they live.

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Primary Care Clinicians Can Treat Hepatitis C as Effectively as Specialists Through New Delivery Model

Primary Care Clinicians Can Treat Hepatitis C as Effectively as Specialists Through New Delivery Model

A study published by the New England Journal of Medicine demonstrates that primary care clinicians in remote villages, prisons, and poor urban neighborhoods who were trained to treat patients with hepatitis C via Project ECHO achieved excellent results, identical to those of specialists at a university medical center.

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Partnering Urban Academic Medical Centers And Rural Primary Care Clinicians To Provide Complex Chronic Disease Care

Partnering Urban Academic Medical Centers And Rural Primary Care Clinicians To Provide Complex Chronic Disease Care

Many of the estimated 32 million Americans expected to gain health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act are likely to have high levels of unmet need because of various chronic illnesses. Models of knowledge sharing such as Project ECHO can help to meet these needs, especially in underserved areas.

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Expanding Access to Hepatitis C Virus Treatment - Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes Project

Expanding Access to Hepatitis C Virus Treatment - Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes Project

Local primary care physicians who had little skill in Hepatitis C treatment before Project ECHO reported being competent after 12 months. This article in Hepatology describes the Project ECHO model and its application to Hepatitis C treatment in New Mexico.

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"New Mexico experiment aims to fix the doctor shortage–no new doctors required" via @washingtonpost

REad what People are saying about project echo...

...In Irish Medical Times"It was, as a Ministerial advisor recently remarked ..., a model that appeared to 'recommend itself'"

...In The Washington Post: "A New Mexico experiment aims to fix the doctor shortage – no new doctors required"

...In TedEytan.com: Project ECHO is “a case-based learning, network building, two-way, force multiplying, suffering-alleviating program”

...In Healthcare IT News: "The primary purpose…is not to treat individual patients, it’s to generate expertise"

...In Medpage Today: “Case-based learning is at the heart of the ECHO model”

...In Family Practice News: “The aim is to act as a multiplier, and to expand the health system’s capacity to manage common, chronic, but complex diseases”

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