Apollo speciality hospital has inaugurated its tenth branch in OMR, chennai, India. It is spread across an area of about 1.50 lakh square feet, and can accomodate 150 beds.
The digital hospital was officially inaugurated on Monday by N Chandrasekaran, CEO and MD Tata Consultancy Services, though the facility was made operational about seven months ago.
"We wanted to make our presence in South Chennai, particularly on the OMR IT corridor, the area which was not covered by Apollo Hospitals earlier. There was a requirement for such a digital hospital in the area, so we are here," said Arvind Sivaramakrishnan, CEO, Apollo Hospitals.
Apollo Hospitals has launched a social media site called 'Your Care Page' to dispel fears of the family members of patients and also to share joyful moments. The website was launched to allow patients and their relatives update their health status which allows patients and their relatives to monitor the progress especially for those who are abroad.
'I see you' virtual visitor solution is another highlight by which, using a password and time slots, parents and relatives can log on to iseeu.apollo.net.in and view how their loved ones are doing in the ICU. "The viewer also will be briefed about the condition of the patient," said Dr George Noel Fernandes, vice-president and medical director, Apollo Speciality Hospitals, OMR.
"We wanted to make the maximum use of technology and provide patients technology and healthcare under one roof. We have introduced a 'patients' health record solution' by which the medical history of the patient be stored in CDs. The patient can even add additional information on their treatment using their passwords. This will come in handy as the Apollo doctors all around the world can see it and provide their expertise if needed. This will speed up the diagnosis, which can reduce the treatment time," Arvind said.
The hospital also has tele-medicine facility apart from having introduced 'pacs app' or picture archive communication system. "This will help the Apollo doctors elsewhere to see clinical images and give their suggestions," added the doctors.