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.
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
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.
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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.
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.
ECHO India partners with Ambience Public School to launch first ECHO in mainstream education2015
Punjab INASL Hepatitis C program connecting 22 district hospitals and 3 medical colleges
Tata Trusts adopted the ECHO model to connect all centres of the National Cancer Grid
Partnered with NITRD to address the national cause of management of TB2016
Project ECHO signed MoU with Punjab Government to improve healthcare delivery in Punjab2017
Tata Trusts gives a 3 year grant to ECHO India to support capacity building and knowledge sharing till 2021
March 2018 - Project ECHO now a part of the ”National Guidelines on Programmatic Management of DR-TB”
Launch of ECHO hub at Department of Community Medicine & Public Health, KGMU, Lucknow in association with the National Health Mission under the Ayushman Bharat Program.
India falls well below WHO recommendations, on all parameters - Hospital beds, doctors and nurses
Less than 1% of the Indian hospitals are accredited resulting in huge disparity in the quality standards of care.
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.
Dr. (Col) Kumud Rai
Director, Vascular Surgery, Max Hospital
Chairman, ECHO India
Dr. H Sudarshan
Padmashree Awardee, Honorary Secretary
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)
Brilliance in Life & Abundance of Holy Living
General Manager - Sales & marketing
BLK Super Specialty Hospital
Dr. (Col) Kumud Rai
Dr. Sunil Anand
Sukanya Kalita Vaiphei
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