In an effort to revolutionise health care through information and communication technology, Apollo Hospitals has announced an alliance with Cisco to help provide affordable and high quality health care.

Apollo Hospitals Group executive director Sangita Reddy said: “At Apollo Hospitals we constantly endeavour to introduce new models to help make quality health care accessible to patients. The alliance with Cisco will revolutionise the delivery of health care in India. Cisco's desktop-based Health Presence Extended Reach technology represents significant advances in technology and telecommunication techniques, effectively delivering health care 24x7.''

Cisco Services chief globalisation officer and executive vice-president Wim Elfrink said: “We are excited to collaborate closely with Apollo Hospitals to create and showcase various health care solutions. Collaborative technologies, powered by ubiquitous broadband access will enable access to affordable and high-quality health care services in rural and urban communities. We believe communities, cities, countries and individual lives can be transformed by providing access to socially, economically and environmentally sustainable solutions.''

With the use of this technology, doctors do not need to visit a tele-medicine room to connect with patients, they can now consult with patients on a laptop supported by an Internet connection. A detailed ‘clinical examination' and review of all investigations is now possible in a seamless manner with the option of recording the entire interaction.

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