Children’s of Alabama and the UAB Department of Pediatrics have partnered to bring Project ECHO to Alabama! Project ECHO (Extension of Community Healthcare Outcomes) is an innovative “telementoring” platform designed to bring expert subspecialty knowledge and best practices directly to communities all across Alabama by connecting primary care providers “spokes” to subspecialty team “hubs.”
Using the power of videoconferencing, primary care providers connect virtually to a subspecialty hub team and a network of primary care providers across the state. Each session is called an ECHO “clinic.” A clinic typically includes a brief, high-yield didactic, but the meat of the learning takes place over in-depth discussions of real-world cases presented by the primary providers. All participants in the learning network contribute to the discussion in an “all teach, all learn” model, and recommendations for practice are shared.