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.
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):
- Learn more about the HHP's First Steps resource, including the booklet and workbook, here at the HHP website.
- Take the short course on How to Use a Validated Pain Scale in Your Chart Note, to support the Hospital Practice Handbook Project while gaining a valuable clinical outcomes metric tool for your practice.