About ECHO

Originated by the University of New Mexico, ECHO (Extension of Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a medical learning model that demonopolizes knowledge and amplifies the capacity to provide best practice care for medically under-served people by supporting primary care providers.
Project ECHO links expert interprofessional teams “the hub” with primary care providers (PCP) via weekly videoconferencing sessions. Working together, healthcare providers get the help and the support they need to provide care to their patients as close to home as possible.
The goal of ECHO Ontario is to create a supportive learning community of PCPs to enhance their skills and confidence in managing complex chronic conditions safely and effectively.

Moving knowledge, not people

   Key Principles of ECHO

  • Technology: ECHO connects local clinicians with each other and with specialist teams at academic medical centers in weekly videoconferencing sessions.
  • Case Based Learning: Share knowledge to develop skills, confidence and specialty expertise among PCPs; expand treatment capacity.
  • Best Practices: ECHO rapidly disseminates best practices for complex chronic disease management.
  • Monitor Outcomes: Outcomes are evaluated on an ongoing basis.

 

How ECHO Works

  • Register for ECHO at www.echoontario.ca
  • Prior to the session:
    – Participants will receive an e-agenda the day before the session, with resources and a  link to the session.
    – Participants ensure they have the equipment required to participate (stable internet connection, computer, webcam & microphone or iOS phone with phone connection).
  • During the session:
    – Sessions have 2 parts: 1. A short didactic lecture given by a subject expert and 2. de-identified patient cases presented by participants.
  • After the session:
    – Participants complete a weekly feedback survey.

 

About Case Base Learning

Case base learning promotes real-life, active learning. Participants collectively learn, amplifying knowledge and capacity.  The benefits of presenting a patient case include:
– Getting access to an interprofessional team of experts and community partners to support management of your patients.
– Presenters will receive a list of all the recommendations discussed during the session via an email after the session.
We encourage all participants to present a patient case. 

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn”  Benjamin Franklin

 

Benefits of ECHO

  • Patients:
    • Gain by receiving best-practice care by their primary care providers close to home, avoiding long wait times and travel to a specialist.
  • Health Care providers:
    • Earn free Continuing Medical Education (CME) professional development credits
    • Gain knowledge through weekly presentations
    • Access to an expert interprofessional team in relative disciplines
    • Receive recommendations for patient cases presented
    • Interact with other health care professionals across the province to foster a community of practice, reducing professional isolation and providing ongoing support
    • Enhanced confidence and skills to deliver best practice care to their patients
  • Community:
    • Keep patients and providers local
    • Reduced disparities / variations in care
    • Rapid dissemination of best practices
  • Health Care system:
    • Improve the patient experience of care
    • Improve the health of populations
    • Reduce the per capita cost of healthcare

  The result: Better care for more people, closer to home

ECHOs at UHN

ECHO Ontario at UHN Day of Sessions Time
Liver Mondays 12:00-1:30 pm
Chronic Pain/ Opioid Stewardship Thursdays 12:30-2:30 pm
Rheumatology Fridays 12:00-2:00 pm

About University Health Network

The University Health Network (UHN) is a network of hospitals and academic centres in Toronto. UHN includes the following sites:

  • Princess Margaret Cancer Centre,
  • Toronto General hospital,
  • Toronto Western hospital,
  • Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (5 sites),
  • Michener Institute (learning institute)

In addition, UHN has partnerships with other medical centres and academic institutes. UHN is one of the largest healthcare and medical research organizations in Canada.