What is Project ECHO?
Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) started as a way to meet local healthcare needs. Sanjeev Arora, M.D., a liver disease doctor in Albuquerque, was frustrated that thousands of New Mexicans with hepatitis C could not get the treatment they needed because there were no specialists where they lived. He created Project ECHO so that primary care clinicians could treat hepatitis C in their own communities.
The heart of the ECHO model™ is its hub-and-spoke knowledge-sharing networks, led by expert teams who use multi-point videoconferencing to conduct virtual clinics with community providers. In this way, primary care doctors, nurses, and other clinicians learn to provide excellent specialty care to patients in their own communities.
Since its launch in 2003, Project ECHO has expanded—across diseases and specialties, and even across the globe. ECHO Northern Ireland is one of the Project ECHO superhubs. This means that companies based in Europe wishing to adopt the ECHO model™ can attend training programmes in Northern Ireland rather than travelling to Albuquerque, New Mexico.