With several decades of experience working in health care, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva serves as the director of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Department of Dubspecialty Pediatrics. Oftentimes asked to participate in panel discussions, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva attended the international meeting for MetaECHO in New Mexico in April 2016.
Project ECHO, which stands for Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes, strives to strengthen best practice care for underserved people across the globe. Launched in 2003, it began as a way to meet local health care needs and has spread its mission to reach global proportions. Today, it boasts more than 130 hubs that attend to more than 65 diseases in 23 countries.
Each year, MetaECHO brings together health policy experts, academic leaders, and government officials to determine how to spread Project ECHO’s mission. The 2017 event saw more than 650 leaders in attendance during the four-day conference, which occurred from September 13 through 16 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. They listened to a variety of panel discussions, some of which focused on pain management, type-1 diabetes, and mobilizing the ECHO model in cancer. Together, they hope to reach 1 billion lives by 2025.