ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) Project: A Model for Diagnostic Excellence

Project ECHO

In 2020, the Division of Laboratory Systems (DLS) is piloting a laboratory community of practice (CoP) on diagnostic excellence. The aims of the project are to

  • Connect laboratory professionals, clinicians, and subject matter experts in laboratory medicine
  • Use case-based learning to educate and train laboratory and healthcare professionals
  • Examine cross-cutting issues in clinical and anatomic pathology

This project is an adaptation of the clinician-based ECHO Model™external icon, developed by the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center.

The goals of this pilot are to

  • Engage laboratory expertise
  • Capture innovative use of data and promote data-driven processes
  • Share best practices

DLS will organize monthly 60–90-minute ECHO sessions where the CoP members convene to share best practices, tools, and resources that can help in reducing existing laboratory errors to improve diagnostic excellence.

For more information, contact DLSECHO@cdc.gov.

Schedule of 2020 Pilot ECHO Sessions

Participate in a series of twelve sessions using the ECHO Model™ to engage laboratory expertise, capture innovative use of data, promote data-driven processes, and share best practices.

Month

Area of Discussion

Speakers

Registration

Month

January

Area of Discussion

Introduction to Clinical Laboratory ECHO for Diagnostic Excellence
(Not transcribed)

Speakers

Reynolds Salerno, PhD
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Registration

Session Completed

Month

February

Area of Discussion

Community Laboratories
Transcript and Audio

Speakers

Heather Duncan MPH, MT(ASCP), CQA (ASQ)
Vidant Medical Center

Registration

Session Completed

Month

March

Area of Discussion

Clinical Lab 2.0
Lab Leadership’s Link to Patient Outcomes
Transcript and Audio

Speakers

James Crawford MD, PhD
Northwell Health

Registration

Session Completed

Month

April

Area of Discussion

Machine Learning & Hematopathology
Transcript and Audio

Speakers

Hooman H Rashidi MD, MS
University of California-Davis Health

Registration

Session Completed

Month

May

Area of Discussion

Laboratory Stewardship
Transcript and Audio

Speakers

Heather N Signorelli, DO
HCA

Registration

Session Completed

Month

June

Area of Discussion

Patient Safety/Quality Improvement
Transcript and Audio

Speakers

Yael Heher, MD, MPH
Beth Israel Deaconess-Harvard

Registration

Session Completed

Month

July

Area of Discussion

Public Health Laboratories
Transcript and Audio

Speakers

Anthony Tran
DrPH, MPH District of Columbia Public Health Laboratory

Registration

Session Completed

Month

August

Area of Discussion

Clinical Microbiology

Speakers

La’Tonzia L. Adams, MD, MS
VA Portland Health Care System

Registration

CDC Trainexternal icon

Month

September

Area of Discussion

Point-of-Care Testing

Speakers

Hoi-Ying (Elsie) Yu PhD
Geisinger Medical Laboratories

Registration

CDC Trainexternal icon

Month

October

Area of Discussion

Clinical Informatics

Speakers

Bryan Dangott, MD
Interspace Diagnostics

Registration

Coming Soon

Month

November

Area of Discussion

Transfusion Medicine/Blood Banking

Speakers

Susan Weiss, MD
UNC-Chapel Hill

Registration

Coming Soon

Month

December

Area of Discussion

Anatomic Pathology and Surgical Pathology

Speakers

Vinita Parkash, MBBS, MPH
Yale New Haven Hospital

Registration

Coming Soon

Page last reviewed: August 6, 2020