Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) transforms the way rural, underserved communities learn and share knowledge. Coordinated by Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and the Illinois Health and Hospital Association, the SIU-IHA ECHO provides a virtual network for experts to mentor and share their medical expertise.
Originally launched in 2003 at the University of New Mexico Health Science Center, Project ECHO has grown into a national model of telementoring that addresses more than 100 complex health conditions. The ECHO modelTM does not provide care to patients, but, rather, it provides front-line clinicians with the knowledge and support they need to treat patients with challenging conditions, including opioid addiction and hypertension.
As an ECHO participant, you’ll acquire new skills and competencies to better manage patients with complex health conditions. You’ll also become part of a growing national community of health care providers dedicated to expanding healthcare access, reducing disparities, improving quality, safety and efficiency, and promoting consistency in care and practice. The ECHO Model uses technology to leverage scare resources, share best practices and teach participants how to better evaluate and monitor outcomes.
Participants can also earn continuing medical education credits: up to 8 for the Hypertension ECHO and up to 12 for the Opioid ECHO.
Master clinically important topics that will enhance your ability to accurately diagnose hypertension, risk stratify patients and more effectively control hypertension. You'll learn to provide a risk stratification framework specifically for patients with severe blood pressure elevations to guide therapeutic decision-making regarding the type, timing and location of anti-hypertensive drug therapy.
Facilitated by SIU Medicine's multidisciplinary team including an addiction specialist, clinical psychologist, psychiatrist, social worker and a Data-2000 waivered clinician working in a federally qualified health center (FQHC), this ECHO is designed to increase the number of providers with a Data-2000 waiver, also known as Buprenorphine Waiver Program or x-waiver, in Illinois counties that have few or no medication-assisted treatment services. This series also engages clinicians who have received Data-2000 waivers but are not using it to treat patients by mitigating perceived barriers. Clinician participants are strongly encouraged to identify local behavioral health partners to participate in the Opioid ECHO with them.