What is Project ECHO?

Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is an innovative tele-mentoring program designed to create virtual communities of learners by bringing together healthcare providers and subject matter experts using videoconference technology, brief lecture presentations, and case-based learning, fostering an “all learn, all teach” approach and democratization of knowledge.  Participants are engaged in the bi-directional virtual knowledge network by sharing clinical challenges and learning from experts and peers.  The heart of the ECHO model™ is its hub-and-spoke knowledge-sharing networks, led by expert teams who use multi-point videoconferencing to conduct virtual clinics with community providers.

NHPCO is pleased to announce that we have been named a Project ECHO SuperHub! SuperHubs are experienced ECHO partners that provide outreach, training, and support to new ECHO hubs and are responsible for facilitating the sharing of resources and research among the MetaECHO community.

Next Project ECHO session
The 2023 Project ECHO series–Equity Where It Matters–will focus on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Sessions will take place on the first and third Thursdays of each month at 3pm ET. Register here for the full series.

Upcoming session:
Date: Thursday, February 2
Topic:
Supporting African American Patients at the End of Life

NHPCO Project ECHO Focus
Project ECHO is focused on helping providers recognize opportunities for clinical or operational quality improvement in hospice or palliative care.  Case-based learning presentation creates an environment for learning exchange, performance improvement possibilities, and identification of best practices.  

Case Study Content and HIPAA Privacy Protection
Project ECHO case studies do not include any protected health information (PHI) in patient clinical case studies.  Per federal HIPAA regulations, PHI is any identifiable health information that is used, maintained, stored, or transmitted by a HIPAA-covered entity – a healthcare provider, health plan or health insurer, or a healthcare clearinghouse – or a business associate of a HIPAA-covered entity, in relation to the provision of healthcare or payment for healthcare services. Read more about the HIPAA Privacy Rule and PHI protection.

For more information, visit the Project ECHO Institute webpage