The ECHO program builds a bi-directional virtual knowledge network.
Project ECHO is a telementoring program designed to create communities of learners by bringing together health care providers and experts in topical areas using didactic and case‐based presentations, fostering an "all learn, all teach" approach. The ECHO program serve as an interactive forum for healthcare professionals to improve access to quality healthcare for CYE in their respective practices. They build a bi-directional virtual knowledge network whereby participants form the recruited primary care practices learn from experts and each other, gaining access to evidence-based and capacity-building. Each clinic includes a brief presentation by a subject matter expert, followed by in-depth, practice-based presentations for discussion, problem-solving guidance and recommendations.
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The AAP National Coordinating Center for Epilepsy has hosted the following ECHOs:
Access Improvement and Management for Epilepsy with Telehealth (AIM-ET) ECHO
In 2017, the Center launched the Access Improvement and Management of Epilepsy with Telehealth (AIM-ET) pilot project which connected a neurologist/epileptologist with a primary care provider in their same system to implement telemedicine visits for CYE. This project tested strategies and protocols for best practices for implementing telemedicine for CYE and to this end, the Center is now well-positioned to provide training/technical assistance/education for implementing telemedicine specific to epilepsy.
Many systems are rapidly launching telemedicine for all patients, yet there is a gap in existing protocol for implementing telemedicine specific to CYE. This ECHO was developed in response to this evolving field. We recognize that practices are already doing some form of telehealth with patients and are interested in learning effective strategies to sustain this work beyond COVID-19.
- Building a Strong Infrastructure for Telehealth
- Identifying Your Patient Population (June 25)
- Measuring Telehealth for Epilepsy (July 9)
- Conducting Telehealth Visits for Epilepsy (July 23)
- Supporting Families in Telehealth Visits for Epilepsy (August 6)
- Coding and Payment for Telehealth in Epilepsy (August 20)
- Telehealth for Special Populations (September 3)
- Transition through Telehealth for Epilepsy (September 17)
- Telehealth for Epilepsy in Rural/Underserved Areas (October 1)
- Scaling Telehealth for Epilepsy (October 15)
Sessions occur bi-weekly on Thursdays at 10:00 am CST/11:00 am EST. To register, email email@example.com.
AAP Epilepsy and Comorbidities ECHO
In Spring 2018, the AAP launched Epilepsy and Comorbidities ECHO (CYE ECHO). The CYE ECHO was the first to integrate quality improvement to generate practice change. The American Academy of Neurology measure set for Epilepsy was utilized to assist primary care practices in improving quality of care through evidence-based processes to reach desired outcomes.
Using this as the framework, this program used QI methodology to improve:
- Early and accurate diagnosis
- Reduction and monitoring of anti-seizures therapy
- Improved care coordination
- Patient-centered care
- Timely and appropriate referrals
- Health care transitions
Managing Students with Seizures ECHO: The Importance of School Nurses
The American Academy of Pediatrics National Coordinating Center for Epilepsy and Epilepsy Foundation of America hosted two iterations of the Managing Students with Seizures ECHO: The Importance of School Nurses, the first from February-June 2019, and the second iteration from October 2019 - April 2020.
- Seizure recognition
- Seizure first aid and rescue therapies
- Delegation and training
- Social and emotional impact
- 504 plans, IEPs and other resources
The AAP Transition ECHO, in partnership with Got Transition, served as a forum for health care professionals to learn how to successfully transition youth from pediatrics to the adult care system.
Benefits of participation:
- Received up-to-date information on clinical recommendations from the Clinical Report on Transition and nationally recognized transition model, "Six Core Elements of Health Care Transition".
- Acquired evidence-based health care transition tools and resources.
- Identified quality improvement lessons learned around transition from colleagues caring for youth and young adults with epilepsy.
- Accessed guidance and recommendations related to transition from peers and national experts.
For more information about the AAP ECHO Superhub, click here or contact ECHO Manager Amy Shah, MPH.
This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U23MC26252, Awareness and Access to Care for Children and Youth with Epilepsy/ cooperative agreement. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.