To help rural patients in India who often do not get treatment due to financial issues, doctors of Indian origin living in the United States will now provide them free virtual consultation.
This initiative is part of an MoU signed between HealthNet Global Limited (HNG), a company owned by the Apollo Hospitals Group, and American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI). HNG provides healthcare services to people living in the rural swath of India.
As part of the MoU, AAPI members will provide free virtual consultations to the poor rural population in Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan and other states where HNG has a presence. The collaboration would also enable patients to seek second opinions for complicated clinical problems and procedures.
Dr. Prathap C. Reddy, Chairman and Founder, Apollo Hospitals Group, and President of Global Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (GAPIO), said that this collaboration is another example of continuous endeavor to provide affordable and best healthcare services to people across India.
Dr. Suresh Reddy, President, AAPI, said that this collaboration is part of telemedicine and is through a structured program. AAPI represents over a lakh Indian Physicians in the US. Every sixth patient in the US is seen by an Indian physician. Treating through virtual consultation is a way for us to pay back to our own country. It has been possible due to advent of advanced technology.
Dr Sangita Reddy, Joint MD, Apollo Hospitals Group, said that as part of this collaboration HNG will connect AAPI members with the underserved rural population through Medeintegra – a flagship telemedicine platform. People across India will also be able to see the profiles of all the AAPI physicians through mobile app to seek consultations and second opinions and make informed decisions about their healthcare needs.