Project ECHO

Through technology-enabled collaborative learning, Project ECHO® (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) creates access to high-quality specialty care in local communities.

This hub and spoke model connects providers monthly via video conference for a didactic presentation and case reviews. Project ECHO is designed to help MaineHealth practitioners:

  • Share best practices and discuss hypothetical patient scenarios and treatment strategies with other providers
  • Create a network of qualified physicians willing to share knowledge and information to assist in achieving positive outcomes for patients across the state
  • Increase capacity and decrease unnecessary referrals
  • Receive Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits at no cost

Current ECHO Projects

Cardiology

Clinical Leader:

Schedule: 3rd Tuesday of each month, 7:00-8:00 am

Overview: The care of patients with cardiovascular disease can be challenging. To help you address practical clinical questions and to provide continuing medical education, the MaineHealth Cardiovascular Service Line is rolling out a new education & case review forum. Cardio Project ECHO® will connect you and your colleagues, on a monthly basis, with a panel of cardiovascular specialists. Each session will include a brief update on topics that span the breadth of cardiovascular disease in a friendly, interactive environment that can be accessed from the comfort of your own office or home.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will learn new information about treating/managing cardiovascular conditions with initial focus on heart failure.
  2. Participants will learn about criteria for referring or not referring patients with cardiovascular conditions, focusing on heart failure.
  3. Participants will learn about resources that are helpful in the treatment and management of heart failure.

Sample Curriculum Topics:

  • Cardiac rehab and heart failure
  • Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT)
  • Cardiorenal syndrome
  • Heart failure nutrition
  • Home diuretic protocol

For more information, and to register, please email: CardioECHO@mainehealth.org or call: 207-661-7546.

Endocrinology

Clinical Leader:

  • Irwin Brodsky, MD, Maine Medical Partners - Endocrinology and Diabetes Center
  • Email: brodsi@mmc.org 

Schedule: 2nd Tuesday of each month, 7:30-8:30 am


Overview: Endo ECHO sessions provide primary care physicians and other clinicians with the opportunity to learn about and discuss a broad range of disorders in the fields of endocrinology and diabetes. Participants will discuss nuanced solutions to commonly-encountered problems, such as methods for choosing the appropriate osteoporosis therapy or methods for using new diabetes drugs and technology in the primary care environment. Complex patient cases will be presented at each session for in-depth discussion by the group. 


Learning Objectives


  1. Participants will learn new information about treating/managing diabetes and endocrine conditions.
  2. Participants will learn about criteria for referring or not referring patients with diabetes and endocrine conditions.
  3. Participants will learn about treatment and management of diabetes and endocrine conditions through actual case examples.

Sample Curriculum Topics:


  • Choosing medications for type 2 diabetes
  • Therapy of type 1 diabetes, including diabetes technologies
  • Thyroid nodules and thyroid cancer
  • Evaluating hypercalcemia
  • Osteoporosis-diagnosis and treatment

 

For more information, and to register, please email: MHEndoECHO@mainehealth.org or call: 207-661-7546.

IMAT (Integrated Medication Assisted Treatment)

Clinical Leaders:

  • Kristen Silvia, MD, Maine Medical Partners - Scarborough Family Medicine
  • Email: silvik@mmc.org

Schedule: 4th Thursday of each month, 12:00 -1:00 pm


Overview: Through didactic and case-based learning, IMAT ECHO sessions focus on the pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic evidence-based treatment of patients with opioid use disorder. It is open to MaineHealth system hospitals and affiliates interested in, or already, providing IMAT in our "hub-and-spoke" system. 


Learning Objectives:


  1. Participants will learn behavioral strategies for working with patients with opioid use disorder (OUD).
  2. Participants will enhance their understanding of using medications (buprenorphine and naltrexone) to treat OUD.
  3. Participants will gain an understanding of MaineHealth's hub and spoke approach to providing a continuum of care for patients with OUD.

Sample Curriculum Topics:


  • Buprenorphine formulations
  • Care of the pregnant patient
  • Marijuana and MAT
  • Health screening and vaccination recommendations
  • Addressing stigma in the care of people with SUDs

For more information, and to register, please email: IMATECHO@mainehealth.org or call: 207-661-7546.

Palliative Care

Clinical Leader:

Schedule: 1st Thursday of each month, 7:30 - 8:30 am 


Overview: The goal of the Palliative Care Project ECHO is to increase access to palliative care knowledge and skills in under-served areas throughout the MaineHealth service area. By exposing primary and specialty care providers to this new sub-specialty, it is hoped that patients and families living with serious illness will achieve the best possible quality of life, consistent with their self-reported goals. An overarching goal is to foster the development of a regional palliative care learning community through:


  • Formation of collaborative relationships
  • Exploration of interdisciplinary richness
  • Sharing of evidence-based and best practices 

This new field of practice focuses on living well, in spite of serious and life-limiting illness.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will learn new information about Palliative Care
  2. Participants will learn palliative care strategies to support patients
  3. Participants will gain confidence in identifying and meeting the palliative care needs of patients and their families

Sample Curriculum Topics:

  • What is palliative care?
  • Pain Management
  • Pediatric Palliative Care: Children are not just small adults.
  • What is spiritual pain?
  • Communication Part I: What are the critical elements of communicating serious news?

For more information, and to register, please email: PalliativeCareECHO@mainehealth.org or call: 207-661-7546.

Hepatitis

Clinical Leader:

Schedule: 3rd Thursday of each month, 12:00 - 1:00 pm 

Overview: Hepatitis ECHO sessions provide education, support, and recommendations to clinicians caring for patients with Hepatitis. Our goal is to share best practices for hepatitis care in areas where virology specialists may not be available - enabling primary care providers to care for their patients with hepatitis.

 Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will learn to manage their patients diagnosed with Hepatitis C.
  2. Participants will learn about treatment options and guidelines through actual case examples.
  3. Participants will learn best practice and up to date information regarding Hepatitis C.

Sample Curriculum Topics:


  • Chronic hepatitis C-the basics
  • Managing injection drug use in the primary care office
  • Acute viral hepatitis
  • Nutrition and liver disease
  • Chronic hepatitis C – when to refer to a specialist


For more information, and to register, please email: HepECHO@mainehealth.org or call: 207-661-7546.

ECHO Event Calendar

MaineHealth ECHO sessions are typically one hour, monthly. View our calendar to see upcoming ECHO events.

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