Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a movement to connect local primary care teams with inter-disciplinary specialist teams to spread knowledge and amplify local capacity to provide best practice care for complex chronic health conditions. ECHO’s goal is to enable rural and traditionally underserved populations to receive high-quality care, when they need it, close to home. This low-cost, high-impact intervention is achieved by leveraging technology to connect expert mentors and multiple local primary care providers in online video-conferencing TeleECHO clinics.
The Opioid Use Disorder TeleECHO Clinic is led by experts at the Indiana University School of Medicine with a particular educational focus on addiction and opioid use disorder (OUD) diagnoses. The non-medical use of prescription opioid pain relievers and the use of illicit opioids such as heroin have led to an unprecedented increase in overdose deaths in Indiana.