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.

Vision

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

Model

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.

Programs

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

  • IT support

  • Continuing Medical Education Credits and Maintenance of Certification Part 2 for internal medicine physicians

  • Program evaluation

  • Solicit available research grant funding

  • Relationship-building with national and international ECHO hubs

 

Our Team

Ron Stock, MD, MA

Clinical Innovation Advisor

stockro@gmail.com; stockr@ohsu.edu

 

Maggie McLain McDonnell, MPH

Senior Program Manager

mclainma@ohsu.edu

Anna Steeves-Reece, MPH

Education Program Coordinator

steevesr@ohsu.edu

  

Terry Wilson

System/Application Analyst

wilsoter@ohsu.edu

 

Miriam Wolf

Program Assistant

wolfmi@ohsu.edu

 
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