Technology

The success of a Telemedicine set-up is largely dependent on the technology that forms the basis of the network. At Apollo Hospitals, seamless tele consultation has been made possible by associating with HNG, combined with a state-of-the-art EMR (Electronic Medical Record) being customized by Health Net Global (HNG), a company

under the Apollo Hospitals Group, ensures hassle-free teleconsultation from anywhere in

It has an inbuilt Video conferencing application which can be customized to work on low bandwidth for rural requirement. (Where Internet bandwidth is low)

An excellent High Definition Audio-Video conferencing will supplement the state-of-the-art EMR. The EMR, in addition to storing history, clinical findings investigations, operation notes, medications, follow-up notes etc. will allow digital images transfer using Medeintegra. Every patient using the system will have a unique ID number and hence records of multiple visits can be easily retrieved. Using this system one can keep track of all patients, who have had teleconsultation.

Reports are generated with apps.

  1. Monthly consultation report
  2. OP and IP conversion report
  3. CME / Grand rounds including reason / feedback
Desktop Telemedicine:

ATNF is initiating a new concept in Telemedicine namely facilitating Telemedicine consultations wherever the consultant is. With this solution, consultants need not come to the Telemedicine room but will be connected to wherever they are, through the Internet, from any PC, where dedicated software is available. This consultant friendly move, is expected to considerably increase the availability of consultants for teleconsultations. Simultaneously, it has become cost effective and relatively simple to setup new Telemedicine ?Units? worldwide. This includes many convenient locations including homes.

The Telemedicine enabled Electronic Medical Record in addition to storing history, clinical findings investigations, operation notes, medications, follow-up notes etc. will allow digital manipulation of images. Every patient using the system will have a unique ID number and hence records of multiple visits can be easily retrieved. Using this system one can keep track of all patients, who have had teleconsultation.

a) Virtual Healthcare @ Home

Through this innovative solution, a patient can have a teleconsultation with a specialist, from the comfort of his own home. A Telemedicine kit is taken to the patient?s house by a member of the Telemedicine Department and connectivity established. In addition to videoconferencing, the system enables review of all records. Peripheral medical devices from the patients end can be connected enabling the teleconsultant to check the patients? BP pulse rate, temperature and to listen to heart and respiratory sounds. If necessary even a 12 lead ECG can be taken at a patient?s home and evaluated by the consultant.

Pre Hospital Management:

It is proposed to provide telemonitoring and teleadvice as part of pre hospital management on board a moving ambulance/mobile medical unit.

b) Domiciliary Healthcare

Pilot studies have established the efficacy of converting a home into a ?Intensive Medical Care Unit?. Using dedicated Telemedicine equipments vital functions of a patient can be monitored remotely and timely advice provided. ATNF can provide these services.

Apollo Emergency Care

Apollo Emergency Care is a scientifically developed protocol-driven emergency system. The system has several unique and innovative features -

An easy to remember emergency access number - 1066

Ambulances that are well equipped and manned by trained personnel ?indeed a veritable 'Hospital on Wheels'

Air Ambulance Services for remote areas and life-threatening emergencies

Effective communication system between the central control room, ambulances and the emergency facilities in the hospitals

Standardised emergency rooms in the hospitals that are a part of the network

Common functional and medical protocols across the system

Training of doctors and other personnel required for pre-hospital and in-hospital care

'Dost'- an accident insurance card to increase affordability

Life Savers'- a community involvement programme for rescuing emergency victims and mobilising emergency response