Project ECHO is a model for lifelong medical learning and collaborative practice. This program 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 the 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.
Project ECHO: Are you part of the ECHO?
- Project Echo Promise Story
- Changing the World, Fast: Dr. Sanjeev Arora at TEDxABQ
- Project Echo: A Revolutionary Model for Expanding Access to Specialized Care
- Origin Stories: Project Echo
In this new video, you can see how Project ECHO is helping the U.S. Army treat service members all over the world who are suffering from chronic pain, a huge, complex, and growing problem for the military.
Dr. Sanjeev Arora, creator of Project ECHO, sat down with PBS’ New Mexico in Focus to talk about how the medical education model is dramatically improving care across the state for some of its most vulnerable and underserved populations.