Our vision is optimal wound care for all Ontarians. The Project will strive to ensure that all interested health care providers in Ontario have the knowledge and support they need to manage patients with wounds safely and effectively.
The Evaluation Committee, led by Queen’s University, are experts in research, education, knowledge translation, and inter-professional team development that provide direction to the Project Team.
FUNDING AND ACCOUNTABILITY
Project ECHO Skin and Wound is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and provides financial management, project oversight and outcomes monitoring on a regular, mutually agreed-upon basis.
Objectives & Activities
- Increase interprofessional, coordinated skin and wound care capacity in Ontario
- Facilitate access to skin and wound care expertise to underserved community practices, including rural, remote, Northern and indigenous communities
- Develop interprofessional Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs) for complex skin and wound management
- Engage interprofessional teams to identify patients with high-risk diabetic foot and reduce lower extremity amputations through comprehensive assessments and coordinated management
- Evaluate the impact of this transformational project on professional satisfaction and effectiveness, using relevant structure, process and outcome indicators
- Offer a total of 64 sessions of tele-ECHO for acute and chronic wounds to be held in two annual cycles
- Offer a total of 4 boot camp sessions (Virtual/ In-person ) across the province where skills and interprofessional collaborative principles of care are taught
- Present 2-3 cases per session
- Enable participants to collect Continuing Medical Education (CME) or other Continuing Education credits for non-physician participants
- Link interested ECHO participants with the IIWCC course at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, the University of Toronto Masters of Science in Community Health in Prevention and Wound Care, Queen’s University Faculty of Health Sciences Office of Professional Development and Educational Scholarship and the NSWOCC’s Wound Care Institute
- Enhance and evaluate provider diagnostic and management knowledge to improve the capacity among primary care providers to an advanced level
- Enhance provider satisfaction and self-efficacy.
- Catalogue and publish sessions with summaries, enablers and tools to link new knowledge to practice
The Project ECHO Movement
Project ECHO, The University of New Mexico
Project ECHO started as a way to meet local health care needs. Sanjeev Arora, M.D. was determined that all patients in need of treatment should get it. In 2003, he created Project ECHO so that primary care clinicians could treat hepatitis C in their own communities.
Project ECHO Ontario Mental Health at CAMH and UofT have partnered with ECHO Ontario at UHN to form a collective ECHO Ontario Superhub. The Superhub provides training to support replication and the successful implementation of new ECHO hubs while maintaining fidelity to the ECHO model.