Ongoing health workforce shortage is global issue. SEA-HATTC signed MOU with Missouri Telehealth Network, University of Missouri for utilization of ECHO® model and software to conduct virtual clinics via multi-point videoconferencing also extend healthcare knowledge and tele-consultation to primary care and communities in Thailand and Tier 1 countries.
Given the limited project budget and the vast geographic spread of the target countries, SEA-HATTC has been considering the role and ECHO model may play in the overall strategic plan. To promote the expansion of new learning strategies, the SEA-HATTC has taken lead to introduce Project Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes® (ECHO). An ECHO model is a guided practice strategy for transforming medical education and increasing workforce capacity to teach best-practice specialty care. Having been endorsed as a highly innovative strategy that produces improvements in the quality and efficiency of integrated care, ECHO is a low-cost yet high-impact intervention linking expert inter-disciplinary teams of practitioners through tele-education.
The Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) Model:
- People need access to specialty care for their complex health conditions.
- There aren't enough specialists to treat everyone who needs care, especially in rural and underserved communities.
- ECHO trains primary care clinicians to provide specialty care services. This means more people can get the care they need.
- Patients get the right care, in the right place, at the right time. This improves outcomes and reduces costs.