April 06, 2007

IBM, Apollo Hospitals in Join to create online platform for Doctors

In a bid to develop an online professional platform for medical doctors across the world, Apollo Hospital Group has joined hands with IBM. Speaking to the media on the sidelines of a CII seminar, Apollo Hospital Group chairman C Pratap Reddy said that the company has joined IBM for a 50:50 partnership. The proposed online platform is christened ‘Healthcare Super Highway’ and it will be implemented in phases, Reddy said.
Microsoft has also evinced interest in partnering the project, he added. “Microsoft says that it can add value to the project. We are yet to decide on their entry, but if they really add value, I think they should join,” Reddy told FE.

The project is expected to be completed in a phased manner. “Hopefully, the project would commence in a year. Right now, we are just working on the modalities and other nitty-gritty,” he pointed out.

The aim of the project is to provide access platform to 500,000-odd physicians across countries enabling them to interact for profession-related information including consultation and second opinion. There are very few professionals who can offer second opinion even in the developed countries. If the project gets finalised, it will open new vistas for Indian doctors, Apollo Chairman opined.

Reddy further revealed that the Apollo Hospital Group along with other nine major hospitals in the country will be offering telemedicine facility to 52 African nations from May 1, 2007. The patients from these countries will be accessed for the online diagnose and treatment system.

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