Apollo Hospitals Group, an India-based integrated healthcare organisation, has introduced teleradiology remote consulting and diagnostic services at its flagship hospital in Chennai.

The technology, which was inaugurated by former president of India Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, will help patients and diagnostic centres in remote locations to access quality radiologists for opinion-based services and treatment recommendations.

Apollo said the service would play a vital role in reducing patient waiting time for diagnosis and commencement of treatment, and cost.

Apollo Hospitals Group chairman Dr Prathap C Reddy said that for 30 years the organisation has been improving its facilities and introducing new technologies to better healthcare reach and administration.

"Teleradiology as a technology can transform rural healthcare delivery by empowering both patients and doctors alike," Dr Reddy added.

"While rural practitioners can gain access to specialist health services and benefit from interactions with consultants and specialists, patients can receive health information and advice from health professionals from the convenience of their homes."

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"Teleradiology as a technology can transform rural healthcare delivery by empowering both patients and doctors alike."

Through this new service, an X-ray, CT, MRI or any other clinical image can be transferred to a centralised data centre and can be electronically accessed by radiologists at the Apollo Tele-Radiology Reading Centre (ATRC) at Apollo Hospitals Chennai.

The file and accompanying medical inferences and recommendations are electronically reported to the remote diagnostic centre/hospital and the patient is later informed of the diagnosis.

The whole process from the time patient images and parameters are captured can be completed in less than 30 to 40 minutes.

The teleradiology group has several specialities and sub-specialities including neuroradiologists, musculoskeletal radiologists, abdomen and pelvic imaging specialists, woman’s imaging specialists and cardiac radiologists.

Teleradiology allows for trained specialists to be available 24/7 to read patients’ images and the service allows hospitals to treat patients around the clock.

Apollo Hospitals Group has 61 hospitals, 1,517 pharmacies and 102 diagnostic clinics. It also offers health insurance services, healthcare IT services and has clinical research divisions with a focus on epidemiological studies, stem cell research and genetic research.

Image: Apollo Hospitals Group has introduced teleradiology remote consulting and diagnostic services at its hospital in Chennai. Photo courtesy of Apollo Hospitals.