Monday, June 11, 2018

Resource: Project ECHO

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Project ECHO®, I love the idea behind it, how it goes beyond the basic telehealth consult, and enjoyed my time participating in it.

ECHO® = extended community healthcare option, created by the University of New Mexico.

I mentioned Project ECHO® in the resource section of the May post on Shadow Physicians.

When I participated as part of a "hub", I felt the innovators of Project ECHO® truly believed in the value each discipline in the allied health provider fields brought to the table as important and essential, not auxillary, pieces to the whole-person health equation for the patient and the primary care provider.

If you work in primary care, I highly recommend connecting to an ECHO®.
If you work at a larger health center and could be a "hub", I highly recommend you connect to an ECHO®.  The program benefits the hub and the spokes.

FAQ sheet for Healthcare Admin about ECHO® from benefits to challenges.

ECHO® videos
What is ECHO? video, 1 minute, 20 seconds:

An October 2014 talk by COL (retired) Kevin Galloway about the ECHO model I participated in as an LAc in the Madigan Army Interdisciplinary Pain Management Clinic (IPMC):

Example of ECHO® in rheumatology 5 1/2 minutes:

Interested in the Hospital-practice Handbook Project?

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