India-based Apollo Hospitals and Canada's William Osler Health System have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to formalise a partnership between the two parties to positively impact the health and wellness of the patients they serve.
The partnership, which will focus on research and continuity of patient care, is designed to improve health outcomes across the world.
Under the deal, scientists from both the organisations will begin by identifying areas of cooperation, collaboration and innovation, particularly around the range of diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular and cancer.
A recent report from the World Health Organisation (WHO) showed that the diabetic population in India is rising constantly and is projected to reach 101.2 million in the next 15 years.
Apollo Hospitals Group Strategic Relationships & New Initiatives SVP Rahul Reddy said: "Every year, nearly 36 million lives are lost to lifestyle diseases and more than 60% of the population in India bear the brunt of chronic diseases.
"It is estimated that the incidence of chronic disease will cost India $6.2 trillion (USD) by the year 2030, adding to the already-existing financial burden, calling out for a paradigm shift in disease management."
The deal will also see initiation of a pilot project to improve the continuity of care for patients with complex needs travelling between India and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) in Canada for extended periods of time.
As part of the project, physicians from both the organisations will identify patients and provide them with an option of going to Apollo and Osler hospitals when in the other country for chronic, acute or emergency care.
In consultation with identified patients, medical records will be shared securely to ensure medical information is available to clinicians delivering care.
Additionally, consults including virtual grand rounds will be arranged between hospital clinical teams in order to improve patient care.
Image: Apollo Hospitals Senior Consultant and Group Medical Director Dr Anupam Sibal and William Osler Health System Medical Affairs VP Dr Naveed Mohammad at the signing of MoU. Photo: courtesy of CNW Group/William Osler Health System.