Our Mission


Democratise medical knowledge and enable doctors to provide best practice care to underserved people all over India

Become the standard of care and serve as the ‘Operating System’ for healthcare in India that is fully integrated into the public health system.

Cover complex disease areas and make specialty care available to patients through doctors in their own districts.

Our Story


Project ECHO® is a collaborative model of medical education and care management that empowers clinicians everywhere to provide better care to more people, right where they live.

Project ECHO was started by Dr. Sanjeev Arora, a liver disease specialist in Albuquerque, United States who was frustrated that thousands of New Mexicans with Hepatitis C could not get treatment they needed because there were no specialists where they lived. Determined that all patients in need of treatment should get it, Project ECHO was launched in 2003 by pitting local clinicians together with specialist teams at academic medical centres in weekly virtual clinics.

The treatment of Hepatitis C in now available at all centres of excellence across New Mexico and this model proved great success. Following the publication of an article in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2011, Project ECHO gained success and is now followed in 21 countries worldwide.


Dr. Arora speaking at TEDx, Albuquerque about Project ECHO's success

The Echo Model



ECHO links expert specialist teams at an institution with primary care clinicians in a continuous learning system

The ECHO model does not directly provide care to patients. Instead it dramatically increases access to speciality treatment in underserved areas by providing front-line clinicians with the knowledge and support to manage complex cases

The ECHO model breaks down the walls between specialty and primary care. Together, the primary clinicians and specialists participate in weekly virtual clinics supported by tele-conferencing technology, combined with mentoring and patient case presentations.

The four pillars of the ECHO Model



Leverage Technology


Share Best Practices


Case Based Learning


Monitor Outcomes

ECHO vs TeleMedicine

Although the ECHO model makes use of the telecommunications technology, it is not ‘traditional telemedicine’ where the specialist assumes care of the patient, but instead where the clinicians retain responsibility for managing the patient.

Echo in India


Based on the huge success of Project ECHO in New Mexico, USA, ECHO India was started as a not-for-profit Trust in 2008. The idea was to replicate the ECHO model to improve healthcare delivery to rural and underserved areas of India.

ECHO India has come a long way from its first collaboration with National Aids Control Organisation (NACO) and Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC) on managing HIV Aids patients. Currently teleECHO clinics in India are run by 15 hubs to tackle different disease states like Addiction and Substance Use Disorders, Mental Health, Tuberculosis (MDRTB), Hepatitis C, Liver Diseases, Cancer Screening and Prevention, HIV, Palliative Care, Corneal Ulcers, Hypertension, Maternal & Child Health.

First teleECHO Clinic starts!

VKN NIMHANS clinic started for mental health

2014

ECHO India achieves Superhub status

ECHO Institute deems ECHO India as a Superhub

Cancer Screening ECHO launched

1st NICPR (ICPO) Karuna Trust Cancer Screening teleECHO clinic for CHWs in India


ECHO expands to mainstream education

ECHO India partners with Ambience Public School to launch first ECHO in mainstream education

2015

Rapid growth in Punjab

1st Hepatitis C program for prisoners done by PGIMER, Chandigarh

Punjab INASL Hepatitis C program connecting 22 district hospitals and 3 medical colleges

First immersion held in India

ECHO India held their first ever Orientation and Immersion in Delhi with over 100 people attending the Orientation.

Continued momentum in cancer and palliative care

Tata Trust adopted the ECHO model to connect all centres of the National Cancer Grid

‘Treat That Pain’ - Palliative Care by TIPS using ECHO model

The centre of excellence, LV Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad started Corneal Ulcers teleECHO clinic

Big boost to the TB program

Partnered with NITRD to address the national cause of management of TB

2016

Orientation in Mumbai

ECHO India holds first ever orientation in Mumbai with over 60 participants from across the country


Punjab Government onboarded

Project ECHO signed MoU with Punjab Government to improve healthcare delivery in Punjab

2017

Why ECHO?


Severe shortage of healthcare workforce and infrastructure

India falls well below WHO recommendations, on all parameters - Hospital beds, doctors and nurses




< 1%

JCI Accredited hospitals

Inconsistent Quality Standards

Less than 1% of the Indian hospitals are accredited resulting in huge disparity in the quality standards of care.



Strong push for digital transformation of healthcare space

Project ECHO in line with the government’s ‘Digital India’ move aims to tackle the multiple pain points, structural opacity and lack of knowledge in the healthcare system across the country.


“I dream of a Digital India where quality healthcare percolates right up to the remotest regions powered by e-Healthcare

NARENDRA MODI

Hon'ble Prime Minister of India

Our Backers


Our Team


Trustees


Dr. (Col) Kumud Rai

Director, Vascular Surgery, Max Hospital
Chairman, ECHO India



Dr. H Sudarshan

Padmashree Awardee, Honorary Secretary
Karuna Trust



Dr. Arvind Lal

Padmashree Awardee, Chairman & Managing Director
Dr. Lal PathLabs



Dr. Subrat Acharya

Padmashree Awardee, Retd.Prof. of Gastroenterology
All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)



Amit Kohli

Founder Director
Brilliance in Life & Abundance of Holy Living



Amit Midha

General Manager - Sales & marketing
BLK Super Specialty Hospital



Core Team


Dr. (Col) Kumud Rai

Chairman



Dr. Sunil Anand

Executive Director



Kartik Dhar

Consultant



Karan Rai

Program Manager - Replication



Khushboo Kalra

Program Manager - Replication



Namrita Khurana

Communication Specialist



Samantha Lobbo

Project Manager



Anil Kumar

Program Manager - Operations



Gaurav Rewari

Program Manager - Replication



Prashant Pillai

Project Coordinator



Soham Bhaskar

IT Support



Palash Tiwari

IT Support