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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Learn more at echo.unm.edu