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Project ECHO - Are you part of the ECHO?

Project ECHO

Contact: Deidre Keefe, MS, CHES Project Manager, ECHO
Location: Weiskotten Hall, Room 2156
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. 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 launched in January 2018. Our initial launch focused on a multi-specialty Pediatric ECHO and was followed with the launch of a Geriatrics ECHO in May. Our Endocrinology ECHO launched in September 2018 and a Toxicology ECHO was implemented in April 2019. Currently, all fours ECHOs are up and running.  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. Providers are 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.

Key Implementers of SUNY Upstate Project ECHO

danielle laraque-arenaDr. Danielle Laraque-Arena

(Immediate Past President)

"Project ECHO articulates SUNY Upstate’s Strategic Plan upholding its mission and values. We are so pleased to be able to share this global telehealth program and demonopolize knowledge throughout Central New York and beyond."

ramesh sachdevaDr. Ramesh Sachdeva 

(departed SUNY Upstate 9/2018)

"Initiatives such as Project ECHO present an innovative opportunity for leveraging technology to accelerate the strategic plan for Upstate Medical University."

tom welchDr. Thomas Welch

(Emeritus Professor as of 5/2018)

"The department of pediatrics and the Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital has a part of its mission improving the health of all children in our region, and providing quality education to those providing such care. By providing access to subspecialty pediatric consultation and education to providers in the far reaches of our referral area, Project ECHO is a major component of this mission."

ruth weinstockDr. Ruth Weinstock

"Our goal for the Diabetes and Endocrinology ECHO program is to help the thousands of people in our region with diabetes and other endocrine disorders and their providers, particularly those who have difficulty obtaining the services of endocrinologists. The objective of this program is to better meet the health care needs for people with diabetes, thyroid disorders, osteoporosis, adrenal diseases and other endocrine conditions. By facilitating communication with our primary care colleagues and access to our diabetes and endocrinology team, we hope to improve health outcomes in our communities."

sharon brangmanDr. Sharon Brangman

"ECHO offers a unique and interesting format for reaching out to physicians in our service area. The Upstate Center of Excellence for Alzheimer's Disease plans to use ECHO to improve the care and management of persons and families struggling with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias across Central New York."