ECHO Idaho Launches its First TeleECHO Clinic

ECHO* Idaho opened its virtual doors in March 2018. Through a collaboration between the University of Idaho and WWAMI** Medical Education Program, ECHO Idaho has launched its first learning and guided practice groups. ECHO sessions are led by expert teams that use video conferencing to conduct education and mentoring sessions with remote community providers. In this way, primary care doctors, nurses, and other clinicians acquire the knowledge to provide specialty care to patients right in their own communities. Sessions consist of a brief lecture and a review and discussion of patient cases submitted by clinic participants.

With support from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s Statewide Healthcare Innovation Plan (SHIP), ECHO Idaho’s first virtual teleECHO clinic is focusing on Opioid Addiction and Treatment. The clinic’s goal is to create a network of Idaho providers equipped to enhance patient care, treatment, and management of opioid abuse. During sessions, everyone teaches and everyone learns as community providers learn from specialists and from each other, and specialists learn from providers as best practices emerge. Participants report they, “Love hearing the clinical experience,” and there have been “excellent discussions with lots of ideas about treatment.”

A panel of six specialists (MD Pain Specialist, PharmD, MD Addiction Specialist, MD Physiatrist, LCSW, and NP) use video conferencing to connect with providers from around the state. After just four ECHO sessions, 56 people have participated from 16 communities representing every public health district in the state. Examples of lecture topics include CDC Guidelines, Evaluating the Patient with Chronic Pain, Evidence-Based Screening for Opioid Use Disorder, and Non-Opiate Therapy for Pain.

ECHO Idaho Opioid Addiction and Treatment Clinic sessions are held every other Thursday from 12:15-1:15 p.m. MT. Enrollment is free, open to all healthcare providers, and continuing medical education credits are available to participants at no cost. Even though the clinic has already begun, you can join at any time during the clinic period. To learn more and enroll in the clinic visit:, email:, or call 208-364-4698.

ECHO Idaho is led by the University of Idaho and WWAMI and is supported by Funding Opportunity Number CMS-1G1-14-001 from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.


*Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes

**(Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho)


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