Hawaii Learning Groups, LLC, is an official collaborating partner of Project ECHO at the University of New Mexico. HLG follows the ECHO principles of all teach all learn, case-based education, democratizing knowledge, promotion of best practices, and measuring outcomes. HLG is grateful to have offered series on Diabetes and Endocrinology, Team Care, and Hepatitis and Liver Health. Please contact us if you want to develop an education program to reach underserved or rural participants.
Project ECHO programs in Hawai`i
Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a collaborative model of medical education and care management that empowers clinicians everywhere to provide better care to more people, right where they live.
The ECHO model™ does not actually “provide” care to patients. Instead, it dramatically increases access to specialty treatment in rural and underserved areas by providing front-line clinicians with the knowledge and support they need to manage patients with complex conditions such as: hepatitis C, HIV, tuberculosis, chronic pain, endocrinology, behavioral health disorders, and many others.
It does this by engaging clinicians in a continuous learning system and partnering them with specialist mentors at an academic medical center or hub. As the ECHO model expands, it is helping to address some of the healthcare system’s most intractable problems, including inadequate or disparities in access to care, rising costs, systemic inefficiencies, and unequal or slow diffusion of best practices.
Across the United States and globally, policymakers are recognizing the potential of ECHO to exponentially expand workforce capacity to treat more patients sooner, using existing resources. At a time when the health care system is under mounting pressure to do more without spending more, this is critical.