Project ECHO® (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) was established at the University of New Mexico in 2003. Using videoconferencing technology and enabling software, Project ECHO connects providers in underserved communities with specialists and experts for long-term tele- mentoring, collaboration, and case-based learning on urgent health conditions.
Today, people and organizations from all over the world leverage this ECHO ModelTM to scale their own social initiatives in health and in other fields like education and social justice. ECHO partners in 40 countries and operates more than 860 ECHO networks, which have trained more than 140,000 professionals eager to learn best practices in their field. For more information, please visit: echo.unm.edu.
Core Prinicipals of Project Echo
The ECHO model is based on four principles, which develop knowledge and capacity through ongoing tele-mentoring and education:
- Amplification – use technology to leverage scarce resources
- Share Best Practice to reduce disparities
- Case Based Learning
- Monitor outcomes using a Web-based Database