Chennai: Apollo Telehealth Services has embarked on providing its 24/7 remote healthcare services in apartment complexes. To begin with, Apollo Telehealth will made its remote healthcare services available at the Jain Housing & Constructions’ new apartment complex Inseli Park coming up at OMR Padur here.
With over 80,000 tele-consultations in 25 different specialties, Apollo Telemedicine will allow the patient to directly interact with an Apollo family physician, specialist or super specialist through high-speed internet enabled video conferencing, telehealth enabled peripheral medical devices and customized software (Medeintegra) with inbuilt Electronic Medical Record facility to upload images and lab reports in a user-friendly manner, according to a statement by Apollo Telemedicine.
A stethoscope can be placed over the patient’s chest and the heart sounds and respiratory sounds monitored remotely. ECGs can be done in the telemedicine room in the apartment complex and sent to a cardiologist, the statement said.
Following a tele-diagnosis, an e-Prescription will be sent directly to the patients. Arrangements will also be made for home delivery of medicines and carrying out laboratory investigations. If further investigations or inpatient management is required, this will also be facilitated, the statement added.
Kevin Devasia, DGM, ATHS pointed out that the existing maintenance staff in an apartment complex could be easily trained to facilitate the tele-consultations.
Dr K Ganapathy, president, Apollo Telemedicine, said, “Today distance is meaningless and you can literally have a hospital in your pocket – after all Geography has become History.”
Vikram Thaploo, CEO, Apollo Telehealth Services, pointed out that virtual doctors from Apollo Hospitals would soon be available in many large residential complexes and retirement homes throughout India.
Sandeep Mehta, managing director, Jain Housing & Constructions, said that making available “affordable, accessible, quality healthcare within an apartment” would be a game-changer and a differentiator and eventually this would be even more important than the standard Club House offered today.