Become a CLDF ECHO Partner Spoke Site

Easy, free, and highly rewarding!

Participation in ECHO is free for healthcare providers. Connecting with an ECHO session requires basic audiovisual capability and internet access. Providers can even participate from their smartphones, tablets, or laptop computers. The Chronic Liver Disease Foundation provides free Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit to providers who participate in ECHO sessions.

Steps to Become an ECHO Provider Partner

Step 1: Determine the clinical area(s) in which you would like to participate.

Step 2: Register Online 

Once you determine what clinics interest you, submit your information using the online registration form. A confirmation welcome email will be sent to you within a day from the clinics you selected.

 

Why do we require that you personally register for each clinic?

  • For confidentiality, HIPAA compliance and professionalism, we require that we know who is attending a given Project ECHO clinic, and have the ability to verify that you are a healthcare professional qualified to practice in your clinical area. Project ECHO clinics are not open to the general public or patients.

  • Since Project ECHO is a community of practice, and not an anonymous, technology-driven clinical education program, it’s important that we are able to establish professional contact with you and that you are directly connected with our specialist consultants.

COMMUNITY PARTNER CONDITIONS FOR COLLABORATION

By registering, you confirm your acknowledgement and consent to participate as a community partner for the CLDF ECHO project. Community partners agree to:

  • Participate collegially in regularly scheduled CLDF ECHO conferences by presenting cases, providing comments, asking questions;

  • Keep confidential any patient information provided by other community partners during a conference;

  • Complete periodic surveys to help improve services to clinicians and other partners;

  • Use required software including, but not limited to Zoom and Box;

  • Provide clinical updates and de-identified outcome data on patients as needed;

  • Be solely responsible for the treatment of your patients and understand that all clinical decisions rest with you regardless of recommendations provided by other CLDF ECHO participants and;

  • Ensure that your patients are aware of your participation in CLDF ECHO and their de-identified information could be shared.

  • Be photographed and recorded during CLDF ECHO sessions.

In order to support the growth of the ECHO movement, Project ECHO® collects participation data for each teleECHO™ program. This data allows Project ECHO to measure, analyze, and report on the movement’s reach. Aggregate data is used in reports, on maps and visualizations, for research, for communications and surveys, for data quality assurance activities, and for decision-making related to new initiatives.

Hardware and software requirements

A computer or mobile device with audiovisual capability (webcam, microphone, and speakers)

  • A wireless or broadband internet connection

  • Zoom teleconference application (available to download for free)

Value for Providers 

  • ECHO participation has many benefits for providers:

    • CME credit for free, without travel costs or inconvenience

    • Ongoing learning that is relevant and interactive

    • The program is designed to nurture and educate the provider, not just to pass on information

    • Opportunities to engage in community-based research

    • Networking opportunity — supports growth of a professional collaborative network

    • Professional development – new skills and opportunities can contribute to growing responsibility and job prospects

    • Offers providers the chance to take care of their patients more effectively by increasing their knowledge and skill set in a specific area

Value for Patients

  • Patients can benefit from ECHO sessions as follows:

    • Get high quality care close to home from healthcare providers they know and trust

    • No need to wait months to access care

    • Eliminate the need for travel back and forth to hospitals and clinics (especially important in rural and remote communities)

    • Reduce the cost of accessing specialist medical care

    • Less travel = less wasted money

    • Less travel = less impact on family and work life

    • Opportunity for continuity of care within their medical home

    • Fewer visits to specialists saves co-pay and insurance fees

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