Apollo Hospitals to link India and Pakistan through telemedicine

New Delhi 28 September 2004A telemedicine link has been established between Apollo Hospitals at Hyderabad, Delhi, and Chennai in India and Lahore Medical Imaging Center, Lahore in Pakistan. This is the first telemedicine link between India and Pakistan. This telemedicine facility was formally inaugurated by the First Secretary at the Indian High Commission in Lahore, Ms. Swapna Tiwari at Lahore.


Ms. Tiwari stated that this link is an excellent opportunity and will go a long way in improving relations between both the countries. She assured the best effort to facilitate faster processing of travel documents for patients going to India.

Dr. Prathap C. Reddy, Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group, stated that this telemedicine link can bring together the medical community and people of the two countries. He said people of Pakistan and Lahore could now have easy access to specialists and super specialists without traveling to India. Apart from consultation this telemedicine link will facilitate exchange of reports between Lahore and Apollo Hospitals in India, aid in seeking second opinion and enhance knowledge of the medical community in both the countries through Continuous Medical Education and interaction programmes. He explained that Lahore centre would be the hub around which other centres in Pakistan will be connected. On this occasion he appealed for faster processing of travel documents, especially for patients coming to India, since they need earliest medical attention.

Specialists at Apollo Hospitals, Delhi provided consultation to patients at Lahore. The entire programme was telecast on-line between Lahore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Delhi. The telemedicine link has been launched in a move to facilitate exchange of medicare and health facilities at reduced cost in South Asian countries.

The Delhi-Lahore telemedicine link will enable medical practitioners in Pakistan to access expert advice from specialists at Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals. It will also enable the transfer of opinion and interpretation of complex medical cases, apart from assisting the local doctors in utilising the facility for Continuing Medical Education (CME).

"It is a small but the first step between the two countries and together both of us can offer the very best in medicare and health facilities by pooling in our resources", stated Dr. Reddy. Aiming to expand quality health care to rural areas, the telemedicine link in Lahore will also refer questions from Faislabad and Karachi to the Delhi centre.

"The telemedicine link would help in easing the visa restrictions between the two countries", stated Ms. Swapna Tiwari. Co-operation in the medical and health arena will go a long way in laying the foundation for a lasting bond, according to Ms. Tiwari.

Leslie Versweyveld

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