Project ECHO® at Georgia State University

(Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes)

Project ECHO is a revolutionary guided-practice model that reduces health disparities in under-served and remote areas of the state, nation, and world. Through innovative telementoring, the ECHO model uses a hub-and-spoke knowledge-sharing approach where expert teams lead virtual clinics, amplifying the capacity for providers to deliver best-in-practice care to the underserved in their own communities.

This model enables clinicians who have limited access to pediatric sub-specialists; like endocrinologists, neurologists and psychologists, to be able to discuss their challenging cases and to garner group feedback on patient management.

Project ECHO has been recognized globally as a successful tool to improve patient care outcomes. Unlike telemedicine, this tele-mentoring model does not foster a health care provider and patient relationship. ECHO follows these four key principles:

  • Subscribes to the disease management model of care that aims to improve quality, reduce variety, and standardize best practices.
  • Fosters multidisciplinary partnerships that increase access to care and reduce health care costs.
  • Engages health care providers to participate in case‐based learning under guided practice to provide specialized care to their own patients.
  • Utilizes technology to promote face-to-face mentorship and sharing of knowledge and experience by experts and peers without the need for cost-intensive supervision, in-person trainings, and travel.

Project ECHO: Nursing Homes

  • What: Series of training/discussion sessions focused on preventing and controlling COVID-19 spread in nursing homes
  • Who: Training for nursing home staff in Georgia; Training provided by field experts and coordinated by Emory University & Georgia State University
  • When: Weekly, 60- to 90-minute virtual sessions for 16 weeks beginning November 9th-13th
  • Why: Support nursing homes to…
    • Connect with others who understand the current challenges nursing homes are facing
    • Participate in a community of practice alongside peers and local experts
    • Improve safety and wellness for both residents and staff

Nursing homes will be compensated $6,000 for participation as long as:

  • The nursing home is eligible to receive HHS Cares Act Provider Relief Funds; and
  • At least 2 nursing home staff members attend at least 13 out of the 16 sessions (CNA highly recommended)

Weeks 1-9: Predominantly COVID Content Delivery

QI Coach will focus on:

  • Alignment with Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI)
  • Identification of opportunities for improvement
  • As-needed support for QI methods and tools (based on local case presentations)

Weeks 10-16

  • Project set-up: fundamental questions, teams
  • Testing changes
  • Using data for improvement
  • Implementing changes that result in improvement
  • Case presentation: focus on actio

Within 48 hours of signing up, you will receive an email from Georgia State University with more information about registering

Email with questions

The ECHO sessions will begin the week of November 9th