Apollo Telemedicine Networking Foundation(ATNF), a not-for-profit organization, is a part of the Apollo Hospitals Group. It is credited with being the first to setup a Rural Telemedicine centre in 1999 in Aragonda (in Andhra Pradesh). Today, ATNF has emerged as India's single largest turnkey provider in the area of Telemedicine with over 125 peripheral centers including 10 overseas.
More than 71,000 teleconsultations in 25 different disciplines have been provided Patients have been evaluated from distances ranging from 200 to 7500 km. Commissioning the world's first VSAT enabled, modern secondary care hospital in a village, at Aragonda, Andhra Pradesh, India on 24th March 2000, Bill Clinton, the then president of the USA, said" I think it is a very wonderful contribution to the healthcare of the people who live in rural villages and I hope that people all over the world will follow your lead, because if they do then the benefits of the hi-tech medicine can go to everyone and not just people who live in big cities."
ATNF works with multiple entities including the medical bodies, private and public sectors, Central and State Governments both at a domestic and international level to popularize the concept of Telemedicine. ATNF offers customized solutions addressing telemedicine support for primary, secondary and tertiary level of healthcare.
In short, we enable, provide, connect and ensure quality medical care through telemedicine.
ATNF was the first to promote clinical Telemedicine in South Asia.
ATNF was selected by the Ministry of External Affairs, Govt of India, for the mega Pan African E-Network Project, to provide teleconsultation and tele education to 53 countries of the African Union. Consultations with African countries are now well established. A state-of-the-art studio enables tele-lectures to be given to various countries in Africa.