Linking opioid addiction medicine experts and physicians with primary care providers in local communities via telecommunications.
Now weekly at lunchtime every Thursday 12:15 to 1:15 pm.
Project ECHO links opioid addiction medicine experts and physicians with primary care providers in local communities via telecommunications. Primary care providers become part of the teaching community, where they receive mentoring and feedback from the team of experts. Working together, community providers get the help and support they need to provide care to their opioid-addicted and recovering patients. CMEs are offered for participation.
Healthcare providers register for ECHO Programs at no cost. Providers join ECHO sessions via videoconferencing on a regularly scheduled basis.
ECHO sessions include didactics from subject experts and cased-based learning. Participants become part of a supportive community of practice connecting providers and an interprofessional team at an academic/hospital setting.
Participants are encouraged to present de-identified patient cases to the community, participate in discussions, and evaluation surveys. They also receive no cost continuing education credits.
Overall, disparities in communities are reduced and health of populations increase as patients receive best practice care from their local healthcare providers.
Through the ECHO Model, community providers and specialists learn from each other, acquire knowledge, skills, increase competency and build a strong community of practice.