For managing critically ill patients in small towns, the Fortis Group in a joint venture with GE Health has launched a project called ‘CritiNext’ in India. Though the concept of tele-medicine or critical care through technology is in a budding state in India, both the two aforementioned healthcare groups are expecting a fruitful result from their initiative in the upcoming time. In this regard, the internet-base communication technology would be used so that 24×7 medical assistance to critically ill patients can be provided. This will also take the intensive care into a digital age.
In this tele-ICU system, the medical experts will help reduce medical errors through ICU monitoring technology and will guide hospitals with shortage of critical care experts. This is basically a pay-per-use system where GE Health Care will provide the technological support and Fortis Group will be involved in offering manpower. Other than communicating with the doctors, the experts at the command center also access the diagnostic reports so that a better treatment can be ensured to the patients.
“Tele-ICU would connect a command centre in a super specialty hospital to a district hospital of a local hospital. The super specialty hospital and experts there will provide advanced consultation, care and monitoring to local hospital’s critically ill patients without having physically transferring them anywhere,” said Amit Varma, executive director of CritiNext, Fortis Group.
For a start up, this system has made operational in Chattisgarh’s Raipur and Uttarakhand’s Dehradun. It is the first of its kind in the country and is expected to be a fruitful initiative in taking care of critically ill patients in diverse places of India. The management is expecting that two more hospitals in Punjab and Uttar Pradesh will be made operational by the end of this year.