About ECHO

Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) was founded by Dr. Sanjeev Arora at University of New Mexico. ECHO originally launched as a way to link a University Hepatitis C specialist to primary care physicians. Project ECHO’s mission is to disseminate knowledge and amplify the capacity to provide best practice care to broad geographic areas.  The program facilitates virtual clinics, linking specialists with care providers in local communities through videoconferencing. Participants become part of a learning community where they receive mentoring and feedback from specialists as they manage complex patient cases. Project ECHO’s success has spread from New Mexico to a national and even international level, with hubs all across the US and even other parts of the world. This model enables clinicians who have limited access to pediatric sub-specialists; like endocrinologists, neurologists and psychologists, to be able to discuss their challenging cases and to garner group feedback on patient management.

History of ECHO at Children's

 

 

2015

In 2015, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta joined the Project ECHO movement. 

2016

In summer of 2016, Children’s launched its first ECHO clinic, shortly followed by the launch of two more programs.

  • July 11th, 2016 -  Child Abuse and Neglect ECHO Launches
  • August 19th, 2016 – Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship ECHO Launches
  • August 25th, 2016 – Georgia Statewide Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Multidisciplinary Team (CSEC MDT) ECHO Launches

ECHO Children’s celebrated 654 total attendees in 2016. *



2017

In fall of 2017, Children’s launched its fourth ECHO clinic.

 

  • September 28th, 2017 – Behavioral Health ECHO Launches

ECHO Children’s celebrated 1647 total attendees in 2017.*


2018

Two new ECHO programs will launch in 2018.

  • Cancer Survivorship ECHO
  • Neurology: Headache ECHO

ECHO Children’s is working towards a goal of 3250 touchpoints for 2018.*

To Date

  • The ECHO program at Children’s has reached more than 110 Organizations, 430 Individual Learners, 25 States, and 3 Countries.
  • Since 2016, Children’s ECHO program has provided more than 110 hours of no-cost continuing education credits to participants, including CME AMA PRA Category 1 creditsTM, National Association of Social Work Core Hours, and MOC Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment (Part 2) and Improving Professional Practice — Quality Improvement (Part 4) credits.

 

*This figure includes repeat individuals and demonstrates the total number of attendees for the year.


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