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Apollo TeleHealth Services, a division of Apollo Hospitals signed an MoU with Innova Space, a Global Health Organization

Date: 16 Dec 17

InnovaSpace, an organization with a board of advisors from around the world, helps nations develop space programs and TeleHealth initiatives, particularly, addressing issues related to providing remote health care to space tourists and astronauts. The MoU was signed by Prof. K. Ganapathy, Director, ATHS and Dr. Thais Russomano, Scientific Director, InnovaSpace in the presence of Dr. Prathap C Reddy, Founder & Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group at the International Workshop on Futuristic Healthcare Technology in Chennai.

InnovaSpace works with Universities, Research Institutes, Scientific Communities and Government Agencies around the world to facilitate and implement space science and TeleHealth as a platform for National and International Development. Through its global web of experts and scientists, InnovaSpace provides assistance and guidance from concept to full space life sciences and TeleHealth programs leading to exploring opportunities enabling leadership and implementation.

An immediate by-product would be making available "Smart Health Products" which are primarily developed for outer space. Apollo TeleHealth Services and Apollo Hospitals will provide intellectual property to design such products and eventually clinically validate prototypes in pilot projects.

A 2-day workshop that was conducted strived to bring in an interdisciplinary engineering practice to develop affordable and innovative medical and healthcare devices. Experts from Aeronautical engineering, Mechanical engineering, Medical and Bio-Engineering & Technology areas and experts in the field of telemedicine and emergency healthcare systems came together to review the methodology and status of drone based Emergency Organ transport systems and to draw up a blueprint for emergency medical supplies in remote inaccessible areas in the country and Emergency Organ Transport across the country. Typical contemporary examples of interdisciplinary technological achievements are Medical Drones for organ transport and emergency medical supplies. Drones are an efficient, cost-effective and potentially life-saving method of transporting blood samples, products and organs and may one day be as commonly used as ambulances or helicopters.

Speaking at the workshop, Dr. Prathap C Reddy, Founder & Executive Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group said, "Tamil Nadu leads the country in Organ Transplants and introducing drones will be yet another landmark. At this point of time, it is necessary to create awareness. It is imperative that innovative, affordable and good quality medical technologies are used by the majority of the population, to have access to better and appropriate technologies to match their health needs; this will enable disease prevention, early diagnosis and effective treatment. Deployment of drones for medical purposes in our country would create a viable means to leap over infrastructure inadequacies in serving every segment of people with Emergency and Quality healthcare."

He added, "Apollo Hospitals signed an MoU with InnovaSpace, a leading organization in Space Sciences and Space Medicine based in the UK today. The association gives Apollo Hospitals the privilege to be recognized as a future ready organization capable of providing telehealth facilities to space tourists in the near future."

The workshop also advanced in preservation techniques in liver transplantation and optimal transplantation of vital organs like heart, lungs liver and kidney. Over hundred experts across the field of Healthcare, Engineering and Information & Technology were present to discuss Future Healthcare Technologies and ways to implement them in India making the healthcare industry future ready.

 

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