One of the premium hospital chains in the country, Apollo Group is looking forward to expand medical facilities aboard in the form of 10 telemedicine clinics. Addressing reporters post ‘3rd International Conference on Transforming Healthcare with Information Technology’ on Friday, chairman of Apollo Hospitals Group, Prathap C Reddy said that the telemedicine clinics would be launched in Oman, Abu Dhabi, Nigeria and Ghana among others. The step has been taken due to the budding incidences of non-communicable diseases in these countries.
For the time being, the president of Telecommunication Society of India, K. Ganapathy, has requested Government of India to permit the entry of private sector into the network of National Knowledge Network (NKN). He made this request through a videoconference wherein he addressed Raghavan S.V., Scientific Secretary, Office to the Principal Scientific Advisor, Government of India. In response to the request, he explained that the matter of allowing the involvement of private sector into the network is a policy issue and expressed the hope of it getting resolved very soon.
Other people who participated in videoconferencing discussion include T. Ramasami, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India and Samir K. Brahmachari, DG Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). While Mr. Ramaswami said that technology is the only way to bridge the gap of availability, affordability and accessibility of medical treatments, Mr. Brahmachari said that it is a huge challenge to bridge this gap via technology as 80% doctors and individuals reside in urban and rural areas respectively.