Bone Health ECHO Program Mentors Healthcare workers on Osteoporosis Care
Date: May 19, 2016
Bone Health ECHO was developed through a collaboration of Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) at University of New Mexico (UNM) Health Sciences Center and the Osteoporosis Foundation of New Mexico. It is a strategy of telementoring healthcare professionals (e.g., physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants) in underserved communities to develop an advanced level of knowledge in the care of osteoporosis and metabolic bone diseases. In the Bone Health ECHO demonstration project, launched on October 6, 2015, a faculty team based at UNM (the “hub”) holds weekly 1-hour videoconferences with learners (“spokes”) located throughout New Mexico and other states in the US. Teaching is primarily through case-based discussions and brief didactic presentations. By demonopolizing expertise in the care of skeletal diseases, Bone Health ECHO acts as a force multiplier that allows many patients to receive better osteoporosis care.
Visit the Project ECHO website or download the Replication Guide to learn more.