EIP on AHA Repository

Project ECHO NI: Extension of Community Healthcare Outcomes Northern Ireland

Keywords: eLearning, Networks, Peer Support, Telehealth
Health and Social Care Board
Digital solution and service (e.g. application/digital health portal/platform/AI based system/etc.)
Short description
Project ECHO® (Extension of Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a pioneering telementoring programme which was developed in the School of Medicine at the University of New Mexico (UNM). Project ECHO is a tele-mentoring programme which is designed to facilitate the sharing of specialist knowledge in order to improve the quality of care to patients. It brings GPs, nurses and other healthcare professionals together to participate in guided practice discussions via videoconference with specialist mentors. Participants benefit through case-based learning and the sharing of evidence-based, best practice guidance. Clinicians participating in ECHO sessions acquire new skills and support to treat their patients who otherwise would have to be referred to other specialists. Patients with complex chronic long term conditions including dementia, diabetes and neurological conditions can then get specialist supported care in their local communities. ECHO uses a hub and spoke model. The hub is normally a multidisciplinary team who sit together at the same location as dedicated IT support, admin support with dedicated IT equipment. Spokes generally join the ECHO sessions remotely. All participants will come together at the outset to agree curriculum topics, dates, times and case presenters. The ECHO hub and spoke model has been shown to be an effective way of improving access to specialist supported care and improving patient outcomes. Project ECHO NI is a partnership between the Strategic Planning & Performance Group, Dept of Health in Northern Ireland and Hospice UK.
Impact on the health system’s capacity and resilience (e.g., health and care efficiency, continuity of care)
There is evidence for economic viability and/or of benefits to the target group of the practice. Further research/development is needed for routine use.
United Kingdom (please specify)
Northern Ireland
Geographical scope
30 networks
Submitted in other database or repository of digital health resources that is publicly available
https://futurium.ec.europa.eu/en/active-and-healthy-living-digital-world/library/eip-aha-repository-innovative-practices, EIPonAHA Repository of innovative practices

Additional information

to clinicians / care practitioners
eLearning for workforce development
Addressed prevention area(s)
Not applicable
Ready to be transferred to
The practice has been transferred in other locations, regions or national scale in the same country.