Project ECHO – Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes
This rural project summary describes Project ECHO (Extension for the Community Healthcare Outcomes), which was created to increase the capacity for better chronic condition management in rural New Mexico. The ECHO model is designed to extend specialty care to rural patients through area providers.
Through a specially-designed project, remote primary care providers work with academic specialists as a team to manage chronic conditions of rural patients, expanding remote providers’ knowledge base through shared case studies.
Patient management and care provided by rural providers through ongoing education and mentoring from Project ECHO has proved as effective as treatment provided by specialists at a university medical center.