Echo in the Heartland
Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes, or Project ECHO, is a healthcare capacity building project developed at the University of New Mexico by Dr. Sanjeev Arora. The project was developed in 2003 to increase the number of providers treating Hepatitis C in rural areas. ECHO brings knowledge from specialists to primary care providers, who then can care for patients in their own communities. An inter-disciplinar team of experts will hold weekly or bi-weekly videoconferences with primary care providers interested in learning more about a specific disease state or condition. Each ECHO session consists of clinical case presentations and discussions and a brief didactic.