Project ECHO is a program using telemedicine to revolutionize medical education and improve access to specialty care. Project ECHO, which was developed by the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, works by connecting primary care clinicians with specialist teams via videoconference. Each team of specialists educates the clinicians on their particular specialty, enabling the primary care doctors and nurses to provide the specialty care to their patients. Each specialty area has its own ECHO, or team, such as autism or chronic pain. ECHO teams meet regularly to hear cases from providers and make recommendations.
Project ECHO has numerous benefits to providers, patients, and the community. The program empowers providers to expand their expertise and treat more patients. It makes it easier for patients to receive the health care they need from a convenient location, in a more timely fashion. Project ECHO benefits the community by reducing health disparities and keeping patients local, which in turn helps communities retain providers.
Since the program's introduction in 2003, it has expanded to 39 different hubs in 22 states. Two of these hubs are in the nation's heartland; the Missouri Teleheath Network's Show-Me ECHO project, and the University of Kansas Medical Center's Project ECHO.
Kansas: Project ECHO
- University of Kansas Medical Center
ECHO programs offered:
- Pediatric Psychopharmacology
- Pediatric Autism
- Chronic Pain Management
- Children and Youth Epilepsy (Co-managed by UMKC and Children's Mercy Kansas City)