Millions of people worldwide don't have access to health care. This problem is particularly serious in rural and underserved communities, where it is extremely difficult to recruit and retain both primary and specialty care providers. Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is committed to addressing these problems by equipping communities with the knowledge and capacity to expand healthcare access for underserved populations.
By replicating the ECHO model across the world, and increasing the number of community providers participating in Project ECHO, millions more people in rural and underserved communities will be able to get the healthcare they need. Replication of the ECHO model is achieved through the creation of ECHO hubs or regional centers, in which partner sites or spokes connect through teleECHO clinics, gaining specialty expertise and knowledge. The ECHO model has been successfully replicated across the United States and around the globe.
Successful replication requires substantial training of an implementation team, and until recently training of hubs has been done exclusively by the ECHO Institute at the University of New Mexico. It is felt that other centers must be able to train hubs in order to continue the growth of the ECHO movement and accomplish our 1 billion lives goal. To enable this, the concept of superhubs has been developed. A superhub is an organization that can train and support hubs within the ECHO model while maintaining fidelity to the ECHO model.