Community of Practice Conditions of Participation

Statement of Collaboration

Description of Project ECHO

The mission of Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) with the Ontario Epilepsy Network is to partner with community health care providers and epilepsy specialists to enhance care for children, adolescents and adults living with epilepsy. In pursuit of this mission, Project ECHO faculty, staff, and partners have dedicated themselves to de-monopolizing knowledge in order to expand access to evidence-based practice in medical care across Ontario and globally.

Patient Relationship Disclaimer

Please note that ECHO Ontario: Epilepsy Across the Lifespan case consultations do not create or otherwise establish a provider-patient/client relationship between any ECHO Hospital Hub Site Clinician and any patient whose case is being presented in an ECHO session. The participant understands that recommendations from the Hub do not in anyway replace the diligence and professional expertise to be exercised by the participant sites with respect to their patients and any clinical advice given thereto.

Commitment to Collaboration – The ECHO Hub

In spirit of collaboration ECHO (The Hub Site) is committed to working with participants. The Hub offers to do the following:

  1. Discuss de-identified cases presented by the participants and provide timely, verbal and written suggestions for care.
  2. Offer didactic presentations via telemedicine on topics of interest related to Epilepsy care that are relevant to primary care provides from a wide range of disciplines.
  3. Offer face-to-face learning opportunities.
  4. Provide CME credit at no cost.
  5. Provide appropriate IT user support to facilitate connectivity and participate in sessions.
  6. Provide time to discuss recommendations of cases, or urgent questions from previously discussed cases during each ECHO session.

Commitment to Collaboration – Community Partners 

In spirit of collaboration, by completing this Statement of Collaboration, you will be consenting to fully participating in ECHO Ontario Epilepsy Network and adhering to the statements in this agreement. We ask that you:

  1. Participate in weekly didactic presentations, present de-identified patient cases and participate in case discussions
  2. Review case presentations prior to the session and be ready to ask questions or give feedback
  3. Complete weekly post session evaluations
  4. Complete pre and post ECHO survey.


Operational ECHO Staff: Role Email Address
Anastasia Vogt Program Manager
Tristen Moyaert Senior Program Coordinator


De-identified Information Notice and Confidentiality

Please note that no patient identifiers are to be used within any ECHO session, document, or correspondence. At no time, shall any identifiable personal information or personal health information of patients be included in the documents. If, personal health information is inadvertently disclosed in a session, the privacy breach shall be addressed in accordance with privacy policies and procedures.

Participants understand and agree that any information (including, without limitation, case presentation forms and any other relevant documentation or information) received as part of the sessions shall be kept confidential and used only for the purposes described in this statement of collaboration. In addition, it is understood that individual login information and passwords shall not be shared with any other person or otherwise used other than in connection with an ECHO Session.

Recording, Photographs, and Guests

Sessions are recorded by the Hub for educational purposes and can be made available to participants at request. It is strongly encouraged that participants do not record the sessions as the content must be kept confidential and used only for the purposes described in this statement of collaboration.

Participants understand that from time to time sessions maybe photographed, and such photos may be used by the program on websites or with media outlets for the purposes of describing or otherwise promoting or profiling the work of the Project ECHO Ontario Epilepsy Across the Lifespan. No photos shall be circulated or used in any way without express consent from participants (and all individuals who appear in the photo).

Data Collection

To comply with funder requirements our program outcomes are tracked and monitored using iECHO a web-based database hosted by the ECHO Institute at the University of New Mexico. De-identified participant information will be stored on iECHO. De-identified data includes: participant practice clinic name (unless practice name includes identifying information) and country of practice. Other information collected will include: number of sessions attended and number of cases presented.