Afroindia Telemedicine®

Afroindia Telemedicine® seeks to improve a patient’s health by permitting two-way, real time interactive communication between the patient and any of our over 200 medical specialists abroad via high tech audio/video conferencing and remote monitoring of vital signs.

Our Telemedicine incorporates direct clinical, preventive, diagnostic, and therapeutic services and treatment; consultative and follow-up services; remote monitoring of patients; rehabilitative services; and patient education.

In partnership with Apollo Hospital in India; one of the best Health care Institutions in South-East Asia, Afroindia Telemedicine is designed to eliminate distant barriers and provide clinical care to patients at their home country through the use of high powered information technologies. It provides a cost-effective alternative to the more traditional face to face consultations and examination.

We have Telemedicine centers at strategic locations across the country that permit communications between patients and our Medical experts as well as transmission of medical imaging and health informatics data. We are also poised to make this service available in your home on special request for family health care maintenance and monitor the reliability of the installed system.

Take advantage of our health care innovation as our Telemedicine when applied to medical practice results in:
1. Minimal patients’ travel for quality treatment
2. Cost effective method of health care delivery
3. More efficient and effective use of medical and technological      resources
4. Enhanced diagnostic and therapeutic quality of care
5. New possibilities for continuing education or training for isolated or      rural health practitioners

The significance of Afroindia Telemedicine®

Our Telemedicine platform can be used in a variety of applications:

Second /Special Opinion through Remote Consultation
A medical professional can get in touch with his peer or a specialist to discuss the patient treatment plans, particularly in complex cases and emergencies.

Complex Interpretations
Complex medical cases often need more than one specialist's opinion to ensure accurate diagnosis. In these cases, the treating doctor at the remote site can interact with a team of specialists in another location for accurate diagnosis. Telemedicine applications such as Tele-Radiology, Tele-Pathology, Tele-Cardiology etc., help to arrive at more comprehensive treatment plan.

Education/Continuous Medical Education (CME)
Tools like video conferencing systems can be used for conducting community development programs and also for imparting knowledge to the medical/ paramedical staff involved in the delivery of healthcare services. This can take shape in the form of grand-ward/rounds, preoperative rounds, clinico- pathological correlations etc.

Disaster Management
In natural calamities and disasters, the telemedicine station can be utilized to coordinate relief efforts aimed at the affected population.

Disease Management
The telemedicine station can be utilized to provide training in typical disease patterns in remote areas. For e.g. if a particular area's population is susceptible to a certain disease, the physician can be trained to identify the symptoms and provide accurate treatment. This training can be done both online and offline.

Virtual Patient Visits
Relatives from across the globe can interact with their loved ones admitted in hospitals at remote locations. Specialists can virtually observe and interact with patients who are in isolation for various reasons (e.g. the SARS epidemic).

Healthcare Knowledge Base
Telemedicine networks can be leveraged to capture and store valuable healthcare information. This information can serve as a healthcare knowledge base and/or decision support system.

Leveraging on the Telemedicine Infrastructure

While the telemedicine infrastructure is primarily used for remote consultation, it can also be used for:
1. Channel for communication.
2. Conducting "Community-Reach" programs in getting the message   across (potable water, village sanitation, family nutrition, birth     control, etc.,).
3. Channel for AIDS awareness.
4. Bringing the private insurance sector initiative to the rural     population.
5. Monitoring distress, epidemics & epidemiology by the state.

Afroindia Telemedicine brings healthcare within reach of the population residing in areas with limited or no healthcare thereby allowing patients to seek medical care in case of an emergency or otherwise.

As a public utility, Afroindia Telemedicine optimizes the organization and delivery of medical and professional resources, reduces the need for patients to travel and allows local health authorities to purchase a far wider range of health care that might be possible within any one geographic region or medical infrastructure.

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. 'Medintegra WEB', the proprietary Telemedicine Application supports the platform to carry out telemedicine consultation. Apollo Hospitals provide the medical support by rendering quality healthcare through its key hospitals.

ATNF adheres to all legal and patient security laws guaranteeing patient confidentiality and security of data transmitted via the telemedicine network. Security is ensured by using secure login information, encrypted databases, secure websites and identification through hardware protocols including IRIS identification, when required. 

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.

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.

a) 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

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