About Oregon ECHO Network
The Oregon ECHO Network (OEN) is a statewide utility for Project ECHO® (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) programming and support services.
The primary aim of the OEN is to increase access to specialist expertise intended to improve participants’ knowledge, skills, and processes to deliver care, and increase the number of local experts through clinician expert mentoring and peer-to-peer learning.
Intended clinical outcomes include:
Overall improved patient health and reduced health disparities
Improved patient satisfaction with their care
Reduced number of unneeded specialty referrals
Reduced medical errors
More effective, comprehensive holistic care and case management through participants’ access to multidisciplinary specialist teams
The Project ECHO tele-mentoring education model was originally developed at University of New Mexico to build the capacity of primary care clinicians to manage health conditions that they typically refer to specialty care. Today, this model is also used to educate clinical teams and other participants on topics ranging from practice transformation to improving clinical workflows to training community health workers. Using a simple webcam, specialists and healthcare experts connect to a group of remote participants in interactive video sessions to discuss de-identified cases and learn evidence-based approaches to manage complex conditions and improve quality of care.
The OEN provides program offerings determined, and supported by, a collaborative group of community stakeholders. Below is a list of services that the OEN provides to support network-sponsored programs and the expansion of ECHO program offerings throughout the state.
Technical assistance/resource library
Participant engagement and recruitment
Centralized communications, e.g. website, calendar of opportunities, e-newsletter
Curriculum development support
Continuing Medical Education Credits and Maintenance of Certification Part 2 for internal medicine physicians
Solicit available research grant funding
Relationship-building with national and international ECHO hubs
Ron Stock, MD, MA
Clinical Innovation Advisor
Maggie McLain McDonnell, MPH
Director, OEN and Health Education Initiatives
Anna Steeves-Reece, MPH
Education Program Coordinator