Project ECHO stands for Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes. Our mission is to develop the capacity to safely and effectively treat chronic, common and complex diseases in rural and underserved areas and to monitor outcomes. It’s funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the New Mexico legislature, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
I recently also had the chance to learn about Project ECHO from Sanjeev Arora. I liked the emphasis on skill-building among primary care clinicians caring for more complex conditions. It seems in this case that technology can recreate some of what was lost when primary care providers left hospital care and greater interaction with specialty care colleagues. See what you think.