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Web-based Conference Information

What is the format?

  • Each Northwest Heart Failure Collaborative (NWHFC): Project ECHO web-based case conference will begin with a 15-minute content presentation on heart failure (HF) followed by 45 minutes of case consultations between participants and HF specialists.
  • This series is hosted by an interprofessional team of HF providers (including cardiologists, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, physician assistants, social workers, nurses, and other allied health providers). Cases are submitted by participants in advance; patient information is de-identified.
  • Participants contribute comments or questions in real-time and apply HF education to patients in their practice.

Who can participate?

Anyone who treat patients with a diagnosis of HF -- eg, primary care clinicians, community providers, cardiologists...

When are the videoconferences?

1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month, 12:00 – 1:00 PM (Pacific Time)

How do I participate?

Register here or contact NWHFC Staff at NWHFC@uw.edu. Participants contribute comments or questions in real-time and apply HF education to patients in their practice.

How do I set up a videoconference link from my computer?

Connecting is easy using web-based Zoom software; contact NWHFC staff for initial setup. No special equipment is needed and the connection will also work with your existing Polycom systems. Webcams can be provided if you do not currently have access to one.

How do I present cases?

Contact NWHFC@uw.edu if you would like to present a case. Once confirmed, you will submit a Case Intake Form by midday on the Friday before your scheduled session. Please redact all Personal Health Information (PHI) including names, month/day of birth, and medical record numbers to protect the identity of the patient. During a NWHFC: Project ECHO session, present your case and ask questions. Peers and specialists will provide their feedback on your case. 

Case Presentation Tips

  1. Know your Patient – Review the history of treatments, medications, and hospitalizations. You should be able to answer questions about your patient if asked during your presentation.
  2. Know your Audience – The web-conferences are open to all health care professionals as well as students and you should tailor your presentation accordingly. Refrain from using acronyms and jargon.
  3. Be Organized – You have approximately 5-7 minutes to summarize your patient’s story.
    • Begin with a strong opening sentence that includes relevant details that helps listeners focus on what is important.
    • Follow with your consult question.
    • Include pertinent positives and pertinent negatives as you present assessment and diagnostic content. You do not need to present every detailed, only present what matters.
  4. Speak clearly and avoid reading from your notes. 
  5. Do not include protected health information during your presentation.

Who are the panelists?

Jennifer A. Beckman, MSN, ARNP, CHFN
Carrie A. Boom, ARNP
Alice Chang, MSW
Todd F. Dardas, MD, MS 
Tracy L. Fowler, ARNP
Gregory K. Gipson, PharmD
Heidi L. Kresken, ARNP
Claudius Mahr, DO, FACC, FESC
Kevin D. O'Brien, MD, FAHA
Todd Ray, MN, ARNP, ACNP-BC
Lynda Tanagi, PharmD

Contact Us 

To contact the NWHFC Team please email us at NWHFC@uw.edu.

Todd Dardas, MD, MS

Co-Director, NWHFC

Attending Physician
UW Medical Center
Box 356422, 1959 NE Pacific St
Seattle, WA 98195
 

Kevin O’Brien, MD

Co-Director, NWHFC

UW Medical Center
Box 356422, 1959 NE Pacific St
Seattle, WA 98195
 

Brenda Zierler, PhD

Director, Center for Health Sciences Interprofessional Education

University of Washington, School of Nursing
Box 357266, 1959 NE Pacific St
Seattle, WA 98195
brendaz@uw.edu 

John Scott, MD

Director, UW Project ECHO

Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Hepatitis Clinic, Harborview Medical Center
Box 359938, 325 9th Ave
Seattle, WA 98104

Administrative/Technical Support

 

Bonnie J. Berry, PhD

Program Operations Coordinator
University of Washington, School of Nursing
Box 357266, 1959 NE Pacific St
Seattle, WA 98195

bonniejb@uw.edu

Rande Gray

Senior Computer Specialist
agray@uw.edu 

Adrián Rodríguez

Senior Computer Specialist
ardgz@uw.edu