What is the goal of STORM TeleECHO?

STORM TeleECHO will empower healthcare providers to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to manage pediatric and adult patients with sickle cell disease (SCD) using evidence-based best practices.

How does STORM TeleECHO work?

STORM TeleECHO is replicated from Project ECHO® (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes), which dramatically improves capacity and access to specialty care for rural and underserved populations. This low-cost, high-impact intervention is accomplished by using web technology to link expert inter-disciplinary specialist teams with primary care clinicians through teleECHO™ clinics. This allows experts to mentor primary care clinicians, provide feedback on difficult patient cases and share expertise via monthly case presentation and didactic educational sessions.

Join Our Upcoming STORM TeleECHO Session:

March 21st, 2019
Sickle Cell Disease and Dental Issues
Drs. Lewis Hsu and Brittaney Hill, University of Illinois at Chicago
April 18th, 2019
Sickle Cell Trait and Renal Medullary Carcinoma
Dr. Ofelia Alvarez, University of Miami Health System
May 16th, 2019
Hydroxyurea and Breastfeeding
Dr. Russell Ware, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
June 20th, 2019
Living Fully with Sickle Cell Disease
Dr. Mamle Anim, Five Rivers Health Centers
What are the benefits of participating in STORM TeleECHO?
  • Professional Development: Providers acquire new skills and competencies for managing patients with sickle cell disease as part of a community of learners, thereby increasing professional satisfaction and decreasing feelings of isolation.
  • Continued Learning: Providers gain access to continued learning (no-cost CME and MOC credits) and specialist (e.g. hematologists, psychologists, pharmacists, etc.) consultations during the teleECHO clinics. Participants become part of a knowledge network, focused on evidence-based care for patients with SCD, and the sharing of best-practices.
  • Increased Efficiency: Providers may see more patients with sickle cell disease and utilize evidence-based strategies to improve overall care and outcomes. This standardization of 'best practices' also strengthens the health system as a whole.
How can healthcare providers participate in STORM TeleECHO?

Healthcare providers and their multi-disciplinary teams can virtually attend monthly, one-hour STORM TeleECHO clinics. STORM TeleECHO is currently scheduled for the 3rd Thursday of the month from 12pm – 1pm EST. To register, please click the sign-up link in the box to the right. There is no cost for providers to participate in STORM TeleECHO. TeleECHO participants will need to complete evaluations after the clinic in order to receive CME credit.

How is the STORM TeleECHO clinic structured?

Each month there is a 15-20 minute didactic presentation about evidence-based best practices for the management and treatment of SCD. There are also 1-2 de-identified case based discussions.

We are excited to announce:

ABP and ABIM Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part 2 points now awarded for participation in STORM TeleECHO

You can sign up using the link above

Who can submit case presentations?

All providers registered for STORM TeleECHO may submit pediatric and adult cases to present during the STORM TeleECHO clinic. This allows for real-time discussion and feedback from sickle cell specialists and other providers.

What technology is needed to participate?

In order to maximize participation in the video technology of STORM TeleECHO, internet connection and microphone are needed and a webcam is preferred.