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Aircel to offer Apollo healthcare services

Dr. Prathap C. Reddy (left), Chairman of Apollo Hospitals Group and Gurdeep Singh, Chief Operating Officer, Aircel, at a press conference to announce the launch of a pioneering initiative in New Delhi on Wednesday. Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar   | Photo Credit: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

Aircel on Wednesday launched the first tele-healthcare delivery on mobile in association with the Apollo Hospitals Group. ‘Aircel Apollo Mobile HealthCare' will address the healthcare needs of the masses through tele-medicine, providing online interactive healthcare in real-time basis by utilising modern technology and telecommunications.

“The new service will allow patients to consult physicians and specialists over video for immediate health care,'' said Aircel Chief Operating Officer Gurdeep Singh.

“This initiative with the Apollo Hospitals Group will bring a revolution in healthcare as it provides the best in medical care on your mobile anytime anywhere. We will roll-out our services from Chennai and gradually go pan-India. People living in remote areas, villages and small towns will be most benefited from it,” Mr. Singh added.

The ‘Aircel Apollo Mobile HealthCare' service will be available at Rs.45 and by Diwali, it will be made available in Chennai and Tamil Nadu circles. Through Tele Triage, which is one of the services under the initiate, Aircel subscribers can call the Apollo physicians and paramedics to seek medical help round-the clock.

According to Prathap C. Reddy, Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group, “we have been at the helm of several game-changing innovations in Indian healthcare. Our partnership with Aircel will forever transform the way healthcare is delivered to the citizens and accelerate the Apollo Group vision of touching a billion lives. Our ‘HealthHub' will deliver quality healthcare services.”

May partner Khazanah

Underlining the benefits of the service, Dr. Reddy said it reduced patient health risks, enhanced access to care for patients living in rural and remote areas, minimised healthcare delivery costs and saved time and travel.

This would be available at exclusive Aircel Retail outlets and at other retail outlets as well.

Meanwhile, Apollo Hospitals is planning to partner Malaysian sovereign fund Khazanah in India as well as in Southeast Asian nations in different fields, including medical education.

“We would like to explore various opportunities with Khazanah…talks with them are at a preliminary stage and could take some time before materialising into something concrete,” Dr. Reddy said.

“It takes time when two large groups decide to collaborate. We are looking for synergies in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region. We are talking, but they have to come back to us regarding this,” he added. Khazanah also holds nearly 12 per cent stake in Apollo Hospitals.


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