Project ECHO is an educational framework that was developed in the United States and is now used in over 30 countries to deliver improved patient outcomes. Overseas implementation of Project ECHO has demonstrated that by regularly participating in Project ECHO, GPs learn to provide excellent speciality care to patients in their own communities.
Participants dial into Project ECHO sessions via Zoom video conferencing software which requires an internet connection and a device with a webcam. Zoom is free for participants to download and use.
- Project ECHO methodology promotes small group case-based learning lead by a panel of experts
- ECHO increases access to best practice care and reduces health disparities especially for those in rural, remote and underserved areas
Project ECHO Introductory Video from Children’s Health Queensland.
Project ECHO delivers specialist medical knowledge to regions most in need. It spreads new knowledge from teaching hospitals and academic centres, to the front lines of general practice and community care. Rather than medical expertise residing in a hospital, GPs learn from specialists, they learn from each other and specialists learn from GPs, as new best practices emerge.
Under ECHO, general practice teams use videoconference technology to participate in case-based learning, with expert mentors. They acquire new skills that allow them to treat patients they would otherwise need to refer on. Patients with chronic, complex conditions, get high quality care closer to home, from providers they know and trust. No waiting months to see a specialist, no long trips back and forth to hospital. ECHO exponentially increases access to best practice care, by moving knowledge instead of moving patients. Time lost from work and school is reduced and more family-centred care is delivered.
Project ECHO, improving the care of children and young people, fast!
Are you part of the ECHO?
About the RACGP’s AOD ECHO:
- Each ECHO series will run for 10 weeks and requires GPs to attend a weekly session that runs for 1.5 hours, each series is capped at 25 participants
- Each session is broken down into three parts: didactic presentation (30 minutes), case one discussion (30 minutes) and case two discussion (30 minutes)
- Participants will submit cases to be discussed during an ECHO session
Participants will provide recommendations to their peers during case discussion.