Technical Assistance for Project-ECHO

 

VHAC funds were used to support technical assistance guidance, consultation and training to support two project areas in implementing a Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes)-like model.  Project ECHO was designed to build primary care capacity to treat diseases among rural, underserved populations through videoconferencing and case-based learning in “teleECHO” clinics. Technical assistance was provided to two state-based programs in Arizona and Utah receiving CDC funds to implement Project ECHO. 

The technical assistance has focused on strengthening delivery of medical evaluation and treatment through standardizing:

  • Care model by developing best practice treatment guidelines;
  • Case presentation forms;
  • Shared didactic library; and 
  • Outcome measures.

The success of the Project ECHO-like model was highlighted in a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) article in 2014.

Project activities were supported by funds from Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Gilead Sciences and Bristol-Myers Squibb.