Project ECHO (Extension for Community Health Outcomes) is a virtual knowledge-sharing network designed to create a ‘learning loop’ between health professionals with the aim of increasing knowledge and access to health care in local communities.
“Project ECHO provides a way where hospitals doing fantastic stuff can also help communities to do fantastic stuff, while learning about what they need to do together.”
Prof Max Watson, BMJ Palliative Care 2019
Video conferencing technology, such as Zoom enables busy professionals to share learning and best practice across rural, hard to reach areas without the need to travel.
Discussions held within ECHO meetings are well-informed and adhere to standards of practice to ensure that a joined up, standardised approach is taken across all settings.
ECHO acknowledges that no one case is the same; by using real-life cases, discussion facilitates learning which goes beyond textbook examples.
Data is stored and analysed using the unique database, iECHO which allows for organisations to complete a thorough evaluation of how their project is transforming service delivery.