The transfer of cancer care expertise from one city to the next is often hampered by administrative siloes, language barriers and differences in technology between sites. Early knowledge-transfer programmes have shown potential, but their impact has been limited.
In 2020 City Cancer Challenge (C/Can) partnered with Project ECHO, a movement which strives to demonopolise knowledge and amplify capacity to provide best-practice care to under-represented people all over the world through replications of the ECHOTM online learning model.
Through the pilot programme, entitled “C/Can Quality Improvement of Cancer Care Systems TeleECHOTM”, to help project teams in C/Can cities share their policy drafts and products to ensure patient-centric cancer care, and agree on metrics to measure the quality improvement of key practices in their respective clinics.
The ECHOTM model has four basic objectives: to use technology to leverage scarce resources, share best practices to reduce disparity, develop case-based learning to master complexity and create a web-based database to monitor outcomes.
By doing so, the project has improved the quality of the final products that each project team develops, providing expert knowledge and policy-planning advice remotely to the project teams in individual C/Can cities and supporting them in the implementation of their respective work plans in a cost-effective manner.
One of the ECHOTM-based programmes, geared towards palliative care, has already provided training for 81 people.