Demonopolizing Medical Knowledge Academic Article uri icon


  • In the past 100 years, there has been an explosion of medicalknowledge-and in the next 50 years, more medicalknowledge will be available than ever before. Regrettably, current medical practice has been unable to keep pace with this explosion of medicalknowledge. Specialized medicalknowledge has been confined largely to academic medical centers (i.e., teaching hospitals) and to specialists in major cities; it has been disconnected from primary care clinicians on the front lines of patient care. To bridge this disconnect, medicalknowledge must be demonopolized, and a platform for collaborative practice amongst all clinicians needs to be created. A new model of health care and education delivery called Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes), developed by the first author, does just this. Using videoconferencing technology and case-based learning, ECHO's medical specialists provide training and mentoring to primary care clinicians working in rural and urban underserved areas so that the latter can deliver the best evidence-based care to patients with complex health conditions in their own communities. The ECHO model increases access to care in rural and underserved areas, and it demonopolizes specialized medicalknowledge and expertise.

    PMID: 24280860 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

publication date

  • January 1, 2014