The Apollo Hospitals Group tied-up with the prestigious British Medical Journal (BMJ) Group to provide latest information to doctors on a wide range of subjects and patients through mobile phones and other electronic devices.

The MoU for the collaboration was signed by Executive Director, Apollo Group, Sangita Reddy and Chairman, BMJ Group, Michael Chamberlain here on Wednesday.

The partnership is aimed at achieving a quantum change in the amount and quality of information available to patients via mobile phones, other electronic devices, including computerised web access and patient leaflets.

Various technologies would be deployed to update doctors through training and continuous medical education.

Mr. Chamberlain said that segmented products from the BMJ on subjects like women’s health, diabetes, hypertension and obesity would enable the medical professionals and patients to manage medical problems better.

He said the information could be accessed through subscription either by individual doctors or institutions.

Ms. Reddy said the partnership would enable all doctors in India to access to BMJ group’s medical journals at 50 per cent cost of the normal subscription rate.

Talking to reporters later, Chairman Apollo Hospitals Group, Prathap C Reddy said it was planned to add 1800 beds at a cost of Rs.1400 crore by 2012 by Apollo Group.

The Group would build tertiary care in district headquarters and Tier-II and Tier-III cities with focus on cardiology, neurology, micro-surgeries, oncology and intensive care.

He said that a 475-bed hospital was being built at Navi Mumbai with an investment of Rs.500 crore. It was planned to start hospitals at Nasik and two other cities in Maharashtra.