Presenter: “Project ECHO,” Christina Choate, Program Coordinator
, a guided practice model where the participating clinician retains responsibility for managing the patient. There are 400 hubs worldwide, some with special interests, and open to attend. Pediatrician Diane Liu started the University of Utah’s Project ECHO in 2017.
Six TeleECHO topics currently in process: Pediatrics ECHO, Adult Behavioral Health--substance use disorders, mood & anxiety; GI & Liver Care; Burn Soft Tissue Injury; Pregnancy Care, Hepatitis C Virus.
Peds ECHO: Wednesdays, 12 -1 pm – weekly; CME code, nurse contact hours. ppt slides and recordings are on the website (cases aren’t recorded, just the didactic). Resources are included.
To join, go to website and click the topic you are interested in. Everything is online. There is a button to submit a case via a REDCap form. It just gathers general case information, no identifiers ... "Why are you presenting this case? What do
see is the problem? What do
see as the problem?"
Cases are submitted for Wed. sessions. Dr. Liu reviews, other faculty members pulled in.
Cases don’t have to be relevant to the topic being covered that day. It’s OK to discuss when the ideal resources aren’t in place and what to do then. Follow-up on cases is OK, ongoing as long as needed.
Cases submitted may ask about medications, affordability. A pharmacist can be present. Time requirements: it's OK to be on for only 10 minutes of the meeting if it's just for your case. They understand that people are busy; Christina may pester you to turn on your camera, but you can eat, do charts, etc., over lunch. Written recommendations sent within 48 hours.
- ECHO Consult could be used for a referral, no coding or billing for it, don’t take funding from providers, etc. “ECHO consult” can go in the chart.
The didactic portion of the meeting (20 minutes) is where best practices are discussed. Sometimes a case is utilized.
Collaboration with UPIQ – Quality Improvement Project (Gabi Baraghoshi). AAP is a super-hub for ECHOs, with the focus on QI. Topics are booked through April. Adult care can discuss transitions for young adults.
Project ECHO, University of Utah Health
Training community providers through HIPAA-compliant, technology-enabled collaborative learning to address specialty care-level health concerns in the primary care setting. For providers and care professionals. No cost. Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits available