Project ECHO Billings Clinic

Billings Clinic has launched Montana’s only Project ECHO hub. Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a collaborative model of medical education and tele-mentoring that empowers clinicians in rural and remote settings to deliver medical care that is comparable to that delivered at major healthcare centers. Project ECHO Billings Clinic holds bi-weekly clinical training and case review sessions for providers at rural ‘spoke’ sites. Clinicians across the network discuss real, de-identified clinical cases presented by ‘spoke’ sites on a rotating schedule. The rich clinical discussions are led by the multi-disciplinary team of experts at Project ECHO Billings Clinic. At present, Project ECHO Billings Clinic hosts 7 different tele-ECHO clinics focusing on topics related to mental health and substance use disorders. Generous grants from the Montana Mental Health Trust, Montana Medicaid, Blue Cross Blue Shield Montana, PacificSource Health Plans and Wells Fargo Foundation have supported the development and expansion of Project ECHO Billings Clinic.

The ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) model™ is a medical education and care management collaborative that empowers clinicians in remote settings to deliver better care to more people locally. By putting local clinicians together with specialist teams at larger medical centers in weekly virtual clinics or teleECHO™ clinics, Project ECHO by spreading knowledge, expanding capacity & accelerating collective wisdom.

Benefits of Becoming a Partner in the ECHO Movement
• Better access for rural and underserved communities
• Reduced disparities
• Better quality and safety
• Rapid dissemination of best practices
• Promote consistency in care and practice
• Greater efficiency

Benefits of Participating in a TeleECHO Program ECHO partners acquire new skills and competencies. They become part of a community of practice and learning, increasing their professional satisfaction while their feelings of professional isolation decrease.

Learn more at www.echomontana.com or contact Project ECHO Program Coordinator Sarah Porter-Osen at sporterosen@billingsclinic.org or 406-247-6360.

Posted in Clinical & Community Preventive Services.