New Delhi: Apollo Tele Health Services, a group company of Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited, on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Common Services Centres Scheme (CSC) of the department of electronics and information technology, ministry of communication and information technology, to provide healthcare to rural patients using telemedicine.
The MoU was exchanged at the National Level Telemedicine workshop conducted under the aegis of the Department of Electronics and Information Technology in New Delhi to deliver healthcare to rural patients using telemedicine.
According to Apollo Hospitals, which started telemedicine 13 years back in an effort to bring healthcare closer to patients of both urban and rural areas, this collaboration is aimed at providing primary, preventive and promotive healthcare through tele consultation to rural patients from telemedicine specialty centres situated within Apollo Hospitals across various locations in the country and will run virtual clinics for patients using telemedicine technology.
Speaking on the occasion, Sangita Reddy, executive director, Apollo Hospitals Enterprise, said, “Apollo’s association with CSC is aimed to provide healthcare services to the rural parts of our country. Apollo plans to make healthcare available to more than 1,00,000 CSC centres using telemedicine platform under its Rural Connect programme.”
Dinesh Kumar Tyagi, CEO, Common Services Centres Scheme, said, “The Common Services Centres Scheme being the corner stone initiative through the National e-Governance plan of India is a milestone achievement in creating a structured change agent for socially inclusive community action. We are proud to have partnered with Apollo Hospitals in helping us realize the dream of providing healthcare to one and all.”
Vikram Thaploo, CEO, Apollo Tele Health Services, said, “Apollo’s Rural Connect programme is designed to be socially relevant, financially sustainable and a scalable model and declared 112 centres operational under this tie up.”
Telemedicine is a novel concept introduced in the country by Apollo Hospitals Group in 1999. Telemedicine service offers the patients a platform for evaluation by medical experts and doctors without having to be physically present at a clinic. Apollo Tele Health Services (ATHS) has emerged as India’s single largest turnkey provider in the area of telemedicine, according to a statement by Apollo Hospitals.