Project ECHO

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The Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO®) is an innovative model that was developed at the University of New Mexico by Dr. Sanjeev Arora to improve access to complex chronic disease and specialty care in underserved communities through the use of videoconferencing technology. By providing Primary Care (PC) clinicians with skills and knowledge to treat complex patients in their own practices, ECHO® aims to improve health outcomes while also reducing the cost of care through a multidisciplinary team-based approach.

About ECHO®GEMH - URMC

Project ECHO

The University of Rochester Medical Center will apply the ECHO® model to support geriatric mental health and dementia care delivered by rural PC practices in New York State. Project ECHO® GEMH (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes in Geriatric Mental Health) will utilize simple, widely available, and inexpensive web-based videoconferencing technologies to remove geographic barriers and reduce disparities in care.

TeleECHO® clinics are case-based educational experiences in which community clinicians develop “knowledge networks,” learning best practices through a combination of short didactic presentations and case-based discussions with content experts.

Project ECHO® GEMH will: implement in collaboration with rural PC providers a scalable model for geriatric mental health consultation by video to their practices; and extend the model to a large number of geographically distributed sites. The goal is to train over 175 PCPs to better care for late life mental disorders and dementia. The quality of the care they deliver will improve, costs of care will be reduced, and provider satisfaction will be high.

Mission

The mission of ECHO® GEMH is to improve the care received by older adults in underserved, rural areas of NYS who have dementia or mental disorders. The primary objective is the establishment of the TeleECHO® clinic to connect “hub” (geriatric specialist team members) and “spoke” (rural PC practices) sites using web-based videoconferencing technology. Through this technology, ECHO® GEMH aims to provide these primary care providers with knowledge, decision support and specialty geriatric mental health consultation services.

Who can Participate in Project ECHO® GEMH?

Primary care providers at all levels that desire to participate are invited to attend. Continuing Medical Education (CME/CE) credits are included for Project ECHO® GEMH clinics.

Funders

Project ECHO® GEMH is funded by a grant from the NYS Health Foundation and also in part by the Health Foundation of Western and Central New York.

Sponsor

ECHO-GEMH is sponsored by the UR Office for Aging Research and Health Services (OARHS).