Project ECHO links medical professionals with an expert in a particular field in an interactive video format to boost learning and, ultimately, patient care.
UAB Medicine will launch a series of innovative online learning experiences for health care providers on the subject of opioid use disorder. This unique tele-mentoring program links medical experts with other providers throughout the state. Called Project ECHO, or extension of community health care outcomes, the goal is to foster interactive collaboration in case-based learning to improve patient care.
“Project ECHO uses recent advances in technology and video teleconferencing to replicate the learning experiences most health care providers had as students or residents,” said Eric Wallace, M.D., medical director of UAB Medicine’s eMedicine program. “It allows an expert in a field to impart important lessons to potentially large numbers of health care providers at one time.”
Wallace describes Project ECHO as a kind of virtual