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)

CURRICULUM:
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 nursinghome@gsu.edu with questions

The ECHO sessions will begin the week of November 9th