HSP’s Alle Taylor and partner SME Abdul Chagla, returned this week from the high desert of New Mexico where they were attending a training for Project ECHO. Over two and half days, they learned about the international movement (!) that is Project ECHO. Begun over a decade ago, ECHO is an innovative remote learning methodology and platform that has significantly increased access to quality care for a variety of diseases and public health events. ECHO is sometimes confused for telemedicine, which connects healthcare providers with patients on a one-to-one basis. ECHO uses teleconferencing technology to create a collaborative network between a team of multi-disciplinary of experts and learners who are often located in under-resourced areas, a one-to-many approach. Learners come together to present real-life cases that they are dealing with and receive feedback from their peers as well as the experts. Over the next year or years, by meeting weekly or biweekly, the learners become experts themselves.
HSP attended this training alongside leadership from the National Institute of Health (NIH) in Islamabad, Pakistan. The NIH, with support from HSP and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), will serve as the hub for a network of clinical laboratories that are tracking antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in Pakistan. The ECHO sessions will focus on improving diagnostic testing, data quality and assurance, reporting mechanisms, and other related topics. AMR is a growing problem both in the United States and the world that will require innovative solutions, like Project ECHO to combat. Check back here for updates on this exciting new project and how we’re joining the ECHO movement!
Staff member, Alle, and consultant, Dr. Abdul Chagla at a CDC meeting in Atlanta, Georgia on June, 10.
Staff member, Alle, at the ECHO Institute training in Albuquerque, New Mexico on June 14.