Utilizing videoconferencing and case-based learning to create a platform that fosters a network for sharing knowledge.
The Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) project is a videoconferencing, case-based learning platform that can feed a knowledge-sharing network. ECHO's goal is to create and foster telementoring between front-line caregivers in rural and underserved settings with experts and other health care professionals who are able to share necessary information to improve patient and public health outcomes.
USD’s School of Health Sciences serves as one of two South Dakota ECHO “hubs." A "hub" is the source of health care information that is dispensed via webinar-type presentations. The “spokes” in the model are the local communities that receive telementoring and become part of the learning community.
A teleECHO clinic includes a short didactic, followed by case presentations from “Spoke” sites and discussion of the learning community. In many instances, those participating are able to earn continuing education credits.
If you are interested in current, upcoming or past programs or if you have any questions, contact Project ECHO at firstname.lastname@example.org.