How does ECHO work?
ECHO uses a “learning by doing model” in bi-weekly one hour video conferences, where primary care providers present de-identified cases to their colleagues and specialists at the hub site. They then receive treatment suggestions from the entire community of practice. Each session lasts one hour, and includes a short presentation on a specific clinical topic.
Who can become a participant?
Any primary care provider who wants to improve specific specialty skills can become a “spoke” site (individually or as a team). Other health professionals can also join. We ask community participants to participate in the research that we need in order to document the benefits of ECHO Idaho.
Once community partners feel confident and skilled in patient management, they will be empowered to become resources in their community for other primary care providers.
How do I participate?
- Present patient cases and participate in case discussion
- Participate in didactic presentations
- Complete the pre and post questionnaire
- Participants complete periodic surveys evaluating practice style, knowledge, and self-efficacy to receive continued education credits
What’s in it for me?
Participants in ECHO Idaho will receive free Continuing Professional Development credits and have access to expert support during ECHO sessions.
What equipment do I need?
- A computer with a webcam and microphone or iOS/ Android mobile device
- A stable internet connection or phone connection for audio only
- Connection to www.zoom.us
- If you require additional information or support, please let us know.
When do the ECHO sessions take place?
Sessions are an hour during the lunch time.
- Opioid Addiction and Treatment sessions are 12:15-1:15 MT the 2nd & 4th Thursday of the month. Please see Opioid Schedule for details.
- Behavioral Health in Primary Care has 8 sessions that take place 12:00-1:00 MT every other Wednesday from September 5th to December 12th. Please see Behavioral Health Schedule for details.
How do I connect to a session?
You can connect with the video conference software on your Mac or PC and an internet connection. A link will be provided to connect on a weekly basis.
You can also connect via teleconference. We provide a toll-free teleconference number to dial in.
Sign up for updates and/or register for the Opioid or Behavioral Health programs to receive emails with agendas, announcements, resources, and information needed to connect to clinic sessions and receive no-cost continuing education credit.
ECHO Idaho is led by the University of Idaho and WWAMI and supported by Funding Opportunity Number CMS-1G1-14-001 from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. ECHO Idaho’s Behavioral Health in Primary Care Program is also supported in part under grant number SM081387 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA or HHS.