Project ECHO - Are you part of the ECHO?

Project ECHO

Contact:Deidre Keefe, MS, CHES
Project Manager, ECHO
Location:Weiskotten Hall, Room 100
766 Irving Avenue Syracuse, NY 13210
Dept: Strategic Affairs, Office of the President
Phone:315-464-7861
Email: keefed@upstate.edu

Moving Knowledge Instead of Patients

Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a well established model pioneered from the University of New Mexico. Project ECHO has had a national and international reach for the past 15 years. Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva, Senior Vice President for Strategic Affairs and Regional Strategy, has previously served as the Principal Investigator of a national ECHO initiative at the American Academy of Pediatrics. As part of Upstate's strategic plan launching Project ECHO, a tele-education program, will address issues of access across Central New York.

The ECHO model breaks down the barriers between specialist and primary care. Our experts at SUNY Upstate will function as the “hub” to deliver education, knowledge and best practices to the primary care clinicians in the Central New York region and beyond. These primary care practices will function as the spokes in this global hub-and-spoke model. Using videoconferencing technology we will be connecting our team of interdisciplinary experts with primary care providers. By utilizing this teleconferencing technology we are able to enhance medical resources in rural and medically underserved areas in Upstate and Central New York.

SUNY Upstate’s Project ECHO will be launching in January 2018. Our initial launch will focus on a multi-specialty Pediatric ECHO and will be followed closely with the launch of an Endocrinology ECHO and a Geriatrics ECHO. We are hoping to expand our ECHO network to include specialties and experts that are in high demand throughout the region and nation.

We encourage providers from the region to become involved in ECHO to learn how to better treat, diagnose, and monitor patients right in their own facilities. In the coming weeks, providers will be able to sign up for teleECHO clinics right though our website.

Please help us welcome Project ECHO to SUNY Upstate, a revolution in medical education and care delivery. If you have questions or for information on how to become a Project ECHO spoke partner, please contact Deidre Keefe at keefed@upstate.edu or at 315-464-7861.

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