ECHO® Care of the Elderly

Posted On: December 13, 2018

Baycrest, in partnership with North East Specialized Geriatric Centre and in collaboration with the Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care, is excited to announce the third cycle of “Project ECHO® Care of the Elderly (ECHO COE)”, a telehealth program that aims to help primary care providers build capacity in the care of older adults through weekly 60-minute videoconference sessions. This cycle will focus on Long-Term Care.        


What is Project ECHO®?

Project ECHO, which stands for Extension of Community Health Outcomes, was created by Dr. Sanjeev Arora at the University of New Mexico. Project ECHO follows a ‘Hub’ and ‘Spoke’ model of knowledge dissemination and capacity building, which aims to exchange knowledge between academic health science centres (the “Hubs”) and the frontline of community care partners (the ”Spokes”). It relies on the flow of knowledge in multiple directions: from experts to primary care providers; between primary care providers; and from primary care providers to experts. This model is appropriate for physicians, nurses and other healthcare providers and has been successfully replicated throughout the United States, Canada and globally.

Each ECHO COE Long-Term Care session will include a short presentation by specialists on specific topics of interest relevant to care of older adults in LTC, followed by cases presented by the learning partners (spokes). Feedback and recommendations are provided by the Hub team as well as the other learning partners.


Who can be a Learning Partner?

Any primary care providers working in Long-Term Care, either individually or as a team, who want to expand their skills and build their capacity in the care of older adults, can become a learning partner. Physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dietitians, and/or any other healthcare professionals are welcome to join. Priority will be given to Long-Term Care homes where both the team and physician apply. Physicians do not need to be present at the LTC home as they can access each session through our free internet-based videoconference system from wherever they are (e.g., office).


When will ECHO COE run?

ECHO COE LTC will run for 10 sessions, weekly, from January 8, 2019–March 19, 2019 on Tuesdays from 11:00 AM–12:00 PM, with the exception of March 12, 2019. Learning partners are expected to participate in a minimum of 80% of the 10 ECHO COE LTC sessions and be willing to present a case during the cycle.


Do I need special equipment?

No special equipment is required to participate. You need an internet connection and a computer, tablet, or smartphone. You will be given access to the free internet-based videoconference system through a link.


Is this being evaluated?

Yes. Your feedback is important to us. In order to improve the program, the ECHO COE team is evaluating the feasibility and efficacy of the ECHO Care of the Elderly program, to enable primary care providers’ skills and capacity in the care of older adults. In addition to attending ECHO COE LTC sessions, learning partners will be asked to provide feedback on their experience via questionnaires and qualitative interviews/focus groups at various times throughout the program.


Does it cost anything to participate?

No, this project is fully funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and does not require any payment from participants. Furthermore, the project is fully accredited for Continuing Medical Education (CME), so participants receive CME credits at no cost.


How can I sign up?

You can apply today at this link:

Please note that completing the application form does not guarantee enrollment; priority will be given to Long-Term Care homes where both the team and physician apply.


For more information

If you have any questions about the ECHO COE LTC and the commitments about being a learning partner, please email Bryn Ludlow (Project Coordinator) at

For more information on E CHO Care of the Elderly, visit:

For more information on Project ECHO New Mexico, visit:

For more information on ECHO programs in Ontario, visit:

About the Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care

The Ontario CLRI is funded by the Ministry of Health, and the Ministry of Long-Term Care, and hosted at Baycrest Health Sciences, Bruyère, and the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging.

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