Welcome to St. Joseph's Care Group ECHO North



What is ECHO?

Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a guided-practice model that aims to increase workforce capacity by sharing knowledge. Specialists at the “hub” site meet regularly with primary care providers and allied health professionals in local communities via videoconferencing to train in the delivery of specialty care services. The ECHO model™, developed at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, does not actually provide care directly to patients. Instead, it provides front-line clinicians with the knowledge and support they need to manage patients with complex conditions in the patients’ own communities. This dramatically increases access to specialty treatment, particularly in rural and underserved areas.

How does it work?

An ECHO session is essentially virtual chart rounds. Participants from multiple locations connect at regularly scheduled times with a specialist or team of specialists through videoconferencing. During ECHO sessions, participants present de-identified patient cases to a specialist or expert teams who mentor the providers to manage patients with complex conditions. These case-based discussions are supplemented with short didactic presentations to improve content knowledge and share evidence-based practices.

WHAT IS ECHO - What is Project ECHO