Fortis Healthcare, in collaboration with GE Healthcare, has launched an electronic remote monitoring programme, CritiNext, to offer healthcare to seriously ill patients in small towns in India.
The CritiNext programme will initially cover 34 beds in Raipur and Dehradun hospitals through an electronic intensive care unit (eICU).
The CritiNext eICU will help the healthcare facilities to offer consultation, care and monitoring to their patients without physically transferring them to super-speciality hospitals.
Fortis Healthcare CEO Aditya Vij was quoted by The Press Trust of India as saying that the health group believes that the system will be the accepted standard of care for Indian patients in a couple of years.
"GE is co-developing this technology, and the software is being provided by GE," Vij added.
Fortis Hospitals Group CritiNext ED Amit Varma said Fortis will soon equip two more hospitals with the CritiNext facility.
"As part of a national roll-out of this technology, Fortis Healthcare and GE Healthcare aim to deploy the solution connecting a minimum of 500 ICU beds in 20 hospitals by 2014," Varma added.
GE Healthcare South Asia president and CEO Terri Bresenham said, "CritiNext eICU solution is a perfect example of how we can take scarce, quality expertise and through innovation, extend it for better health of more people."