(Chicago, IL. August 18, 2019) American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) the largest ethnic Medical Association in the United States, harnessing the vast potential of over 100,000 Indian American Physicians, has made significant contributions towards addressing several issues affecting the healthcare system in India through its annual Global Healthcare Summit held across the cities in India.
During the groundbreaking 13th annual Global Healthcare Summit (GHS) held in Hyderabad from July 21st to 24th, AAPI signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the HealthNet Global Limited (HNG) – a company owned by Apollo Hospitals Group, with the objective of delivering virtual second opinion consultations to millions of Indians in the vast rural areas of India, where they are unable to get required medical care.
The historic MOU was signed between AAPI by Dr. Suresh Reddy, President of AAPI and HNG by Sangitha Reddy, Managing Director of Apollo Group, in the presence of Dr. Sanku S. Rao and Dr. Ravi Jahagirdar and from HNG Dr. Anupam Sibal and Vikram Thaploo on July 22nd, 2019 at GHS, Hyderabad, India.
Dr. Suresh Reddy, President, AAPI, added, “It is our love for our motherland, India that brings us to India every year at this annual Global Healthcare Summit. Among other many achievements of the GHS 2019, we are very happy with this collaboration with Apollo Hospitals. It is a great opportunity for all the Indian-origin physicians living in the US to serve the country of their birth.”
Speaking about the MOU, Dr. Prathap Reddy, Chairman and Founder, Apollo Hospitals Group, and President of Global Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (GAPIO), said, “This collaboration will provide people across the country access to the best specialists of Indian origin residing in the United States. This collaboration is another example of our continuous endeavor to provide affordable and best healthcare services to people across India.”
With this agreement, AAPI members will deliver free virtual consultations to the underserved rural population of Indian states like Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan and other states where HNG has a presence. The collaboration would also enable patients to seek second opinions from distinguished doctors based in the United States of America for complicated clinical problems and procedures.
“As part of our collaboration, HNG will connect AAPI members with the underserved rural population through Medeintegra – our flagship telemedicine platform. People across the country will also be able to access the profiles of all the AAPI physicians through our App to seek consultations and second opinions and make informed decisions about their healthcare needs. Our collaboration is another initiative to use the latest technology to meet the healthcare needs of the people of India,” said Dr. Sangita Reddy, Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals Group.
Dr. Sanku Rao, Past President AAPI and Past President GAPIO commented, “This collaboration will connect AAPI doctors to reach out to patients thousands of miles away using the boon of technology overcoming the geographical barrier.”
“According to the latest data available, the patient to doctor ratio is 1:1,600 and virtual consultations would be a boon to the Indian society at large. Telehealth has revolutionized healthcare delivery and in today’s time, it is nor more an option rather a necessity,” said Dr.Ravi Jahagirdar, Past President of AAPI.
“This collaboration is poised to pave the way for several other collaborations to meet the growing healthcare demands of the people if India,” added Dr. Anupam Sibal, Group Medical Director, Apollo Hospitals Group.
The following are valuable benefits offered to indigenous population of India free of cost: Health Care advise of High Quality by learned Health Care Professionals in USA; Uniform Standard treatment guidelines perspective; Increase in accessibility to High Quality Health Care Professionals; and, Services being provided free of cost to rural population of India. The virtual consultations will be a boom for the Indian society at large. This platform can also provide private consultation if required from Specialist in USA for a preset fee and the money will be sent to AAPI. Each party may terminate MOU by written signed notice 30 days in advance for any reason.
Founded in 1983 by Dr. Prathap C Reddy, the Apollo Hospitals Group has continuously excelled and maintained leadership in medical innovation, world-class clinical services and cutting-edge technology. Its hospitals are consistently ranked amongst the best hospitals in the country for advanced medical services.
HNG provides integrated solutions and services for connected health and continuum of care through remote healthcare services. HNG is owned by Apollo Hospital Group and provides Remote Healthcare to country. HNG is a part of the Apollo Group. HNG provides integrated solutions of continuous care through remote health care services, including EMR, Clinical Pathways, Drug Data, Software for tele Consultations.
AAPI is a premiere ethnic medical organization of more than 80,000 licensed US physicians and over 30,000 medical students, residents and fellows. AAPI office is in Oakbrook, Illinois, USA. HNG (Health Net Global) is a registered company located at High-tech City Madhapur, Hyderabad, India. For more details, please visit: www.aapiusa.org