We are happy to announce that PreDiagnosis Int’l has gone into collaboration with PROJECT ECHO Institute, university of New Mexico, USA. Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a collaborative model of medical education and care management programme designed to empower local clinicians (Consultants, Doctors, Nurses, Technicians, etc) in order to make for better care and treatment of chronic, common and complex Diseases across Nigeria, especially remote and undeserved regions.
MODE OF OPERATION
Project ECHO is an innovative telementoring programme designed to create virtual communities of learners by bringing together healthcare providers from all over Nigeria and subject matter experts (from all over the world) using video conference technology, brief lecture presentations, and case-based learning, fostering an “all learn, all teach” approach.
The project uses innovative technology to bridge the gap between urban healthcare specialists and providers in rural Nigeria. It provides patients with state-of-the-art healthcare in their own communities from their providers that they know and trust. For providers, co-management of the often lengthy and involved treatments brings added depth and technical competencies and reduces professional isolation. Continued collaboration and communication between rural providers and specialists allows for them to become highly skilled in the treatment of these chronic and complex diseases, thus creating a center of excellence in their community.
The program uses video conferencing equipment, the Internet, and the telephone to facilitate communication between clinics. The telemedicine clinics use a standardized, case-based format that includes discussion of history, physical examination, test results, treatment complications, and psychiatric, medical, and substance abuse issues. Based on many factors of the patient, such as; alcohol usage, weight, smoking, and other health issues the provider is given a plan for the patient. Under the PDI-Project ECHO collaboration, providers in rural and undeserved areas of Nigeria are able to treat their patients with a remote team of specialists in the fields of Oncology, cardiology, endocrinology, psychiatry, infectious diseases, pharmacy, substance abuse/addiction etc.
The mission of the PDI Project ECHO is to develop the capacity to safely and effectively treat chronic, common, and complex diseases in rural and undeserved areas across Nigeria and to monitor outcomes of this treatment while leveraging our Telehealth consult platform. It is to also help build a network of subscribed clients who are provided access to GP’s and Specialists to manage their health long term and on regular basis.
Results / Accomplishments
Each week, healthcare professionals from numerously recruited primary care clinics across the country meet (at our hub onlinesite) with PDI physicians (Spokes) via interactive video to discuss cases and determine best treatment pathways. The PDI Project ECHO will aim at holding at least 50 interactive audio-video clinics involving case presentations and management of more than 500,000 mostly lower-income patients for different diseases.
A masterstroke Partnership
PDI is an official Replication partner with the PROJECT ECHO INSTITUTE, UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO, ALBUQUEQUE, USA.
With the PDI-Project ECHO initiative, we are building a Clinical Knowledge Platform that combines authoritative contents and shared experiences with expertise from our healthcare community. Physicians, medical students and other healthcare workers will be able to tap into Nigeria’s largest, most powerful continuous professional Development (CPD) network to resolve challenging questions at the point of care. They can post, browse and discover intriguing, de-identified images by specialty. Case-based studies discussed and analyzed at our ECHO sessions by subject matter experts will be published weekly on our website. Our PDI Telehealth Consult App will be available on Google play Store and ios Store for downloads.