Amplify capacity to provide quality healthcare and education for under-served people in India
Transforming Healthcare & Education in India, using the ECHO Model
Touch 400 million lives in India under Project ECHO's larger goal of 1 billion lives globally by 2025
Project ECHO began in 2003 as a healthcare initiative. It grew out of one doctor’s vision, Sanjeev Arora, MD, a liver disease specialist at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center in Albuquerque. Dr Arora was frustrated that he could serve only a fraction of the Hepatitis C patients while thousands of patients in his home state were unable to get treatment simply because specialists were hardly accessible from where they lived. With the intention of delivering treatment to as many patients as possible, he created a case-based learning model to mentor local healthcare providers across New Mexico on how to treat the condition.
Today, Project ECHO is a massive global movement of knowledge democratization with the aim of amplifying capacity to deliver and extend equitable healthcare and other critical resources to the world’s most vulnerable populations. It is now being implemented by nearly 400 partners in 38 countries working on 70+ focus areas across diverse categories such as healthcare, and education.
Dr. Arora speaking at TEDx, Albuquerque about Project ECHO's success
ECHO India is a not-for-profit organization operational since 2008 and working towards both building capacity and extending access to speciality care for underserved communities. The organization was started with a mandate to replicate the impact of the telementoring model perfected by Project ECHO.
Under the leadership of Dr. (Col) Kumud Rai as Chairman and Dr. Sunil Anand as Executive Director, ECHO India has come a long way with 117 completed programs and 49 more in progress as on date. These programs cover over 20 focus areas such as cancer screening, palliative care, mental health, liver disease, tuberculosis etc. Started as a healthcare initiative, today ECHO India is also applying the versatile ECHO model towards bridging gaps in areas such as education and addressing the serious problem of air pollution in Delhi NCR.
Over the last few years, ECHO India has expanded at a rapid pace with 31 active hubs remotely training thousands of participants from more than 55 cities across the nation. It truly is an embodiment of the organization’s motto of moving knowledge, not people.
Leveraging technology, the ECHO Model in healthcare enables hands-on mentorship using a hub and spoke model. Local healthcare providers in even the most remote areas connect as spokes via weekly virtual meetings with a hub of experts and specialists. The experts advise these spokes on how to best treat individual patients in these live sessions through case-based learning.
A testament to the versatility of ECHO Model, it is now being applied in domains other than healthcare across the world. In India, the model is being utilized for capacity building in the education sector and for tackling complex environmental issues.
Although the ECHO model makes use of the telecommunications technology – is not traditional telemedicine, in which a specialist assumes care of a patient. Instead, the ECHO Model can be defined as telementoring, a guided practice model where the participants become part of a knowledge-sharing platform for building capacity and sharing best practices through case-based learning.
Programs in progress
Health workers trained
Hours of training provided
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
Meenakshi Datta Ghosh
Former IAS and Public Health Policy Professional
Dr. (Col) Kumud Rai
Dr. Sunil Anand
Chief Operating Officer