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How Project ECHO @ Joslin Works

ECHO is a virtual case-based learning network — using free WebEx multi-point videoconferencing — that enables primary care clinicians to treat patients with complex diabetes in their own practices and their own communities.

The Joslin team — including a diabetes educator, nutritionist behavior health specialist, and an expert speaker of the day, in addition to the lead endocrinologist — provides an educational forum for diabetes specialists and primary care physicians to collaborate on patient care.

At each ECHO session primary care physicians present de-identified HIPPA-compliant clinical cases from their own practices for discussion.

  • 2-3 clinical cases are presented followed by discussions about providing expert care.
  • Experts mentor and participate in mutual learning with primary care physicians regarding constraints in providing accessible diabetes care.
  • There will be a 10-minute didactic discussion on general topics that are practical for diabetes care.

Cases that have been presented are followed-up in three months during one of the ECHO rounds.

Page last updated: December 17, 2017