AIG Hospitals first in India to join Mayo Clinic Care Network


Aims at bringing world-class medical expertise to India at no additional cost

AIG Hospitals, a unit of Asian Institute of Gastroenterology spread across 1.7 million sq. ft. at Gachibowli, has become the first healthcare facility in the country to be a member of the 150-year-old Mayo Clinic Care Network (MCCN), U.S.

Making this announcement at a press conference here on Thursday, D. Nageshwar Reddy, chairman and managing director of AIG Hospitals, said the partnership would be a game-changer as it would help in bringing the world-class medical expertise, innovation and technology to India for the benefit of the communities here at no additional cost, he said.

“One of the goals of the AIG Hospitals is affordable patient-care and with Mayo’s 5,000 specialists and expertise, this could be made better,” he said.

Affordable treatment

Later in an interaction with media persons, Dr. Nageshwar Reddy said very few persons could afford treatment abroad for complicated medical conditions and it could cost anywhere between ₹10 lakh and ₹1 crore. For the bulk of patients, the AIG could extend the same treatment locally with the guidance and expertise of Mayo Clinic doctors and specialists through eConsults for second opinions, eBoards for live video conferences and healthcare consultations.

The AIG Hospitals’ tertiary care services include organ transplantation, oncology, cardiology, nephrology, urology, obesity and metabolic therapy, pulmonology, liver sciences and hapatology and it serves over six lakh patients annually. As a member of the MCCN, the AIG would have access to ‘Ask Mayo Expert’.

David Hayes, medical director, MCCN, said they engaged with the AIG Hospitals for 18 months and understood each other well.

Mayo Clinic developed the first integrated multi-speciality group practice more than 150 years ago and at present, it is the largest non-profit group practising in the world and serving about 1.3 million patients annually. The MCCN has more than 40 member-organisations across the U.S. and in Singapore, South Korea, China, Mexico, Cairo, Dubai, Jeddah and Saudi Arabia. In India, at present, it was not looking at partnering with more hospitals as they look for certain work culture and focus, Dr. David Hayes said.

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