Dr Soumya Swaminathan delivers the keynote address at the November 2016 Orientation event
Project ECHO®: A Revolution in Medical Education and Healthcare Delivery
Project ECHO is a lifelong learning and guided practice model that revolutionizes medical education and exponentially increases workforce capacity to provide best-practice specialty care and reduce health disparities. The heart of the ECHO model™ is its hub-and-spoke knowledge-sharing networks, led by expert teams who use multi-point videoconferencing to conduct virtual clinics with community providers. In this way, primary care doctors, nurses, and other clinicians learn to provide excellent specialty care to patients in their own communities.
ECHO in India
ECHO India is a not-for profit Trust operational since 2008. It supports ECHO projects in the areas of Cancer, Mental health, Addiction, Liver disease, HIV-AIDS, Neurology, Maternal and Child Health, and more.
The Indian healthcare environment provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity for the adoption of the ECHO model. The need for specialty care in India, especially in rural settings, is substantial and growing. System-wide integration of Project ECHO offers a solution that can benefit the entire population. India is also in a unique position to adopt the ECHO model due to its internet-savvy population and wide adoption of mobile communication devices. The ECHO model helps to reinforce the national priority set forth by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in August 2014 of expanding digital access in rural communities and will benefit from the government initiative to vastly improve the broadband infrastructure.