In a first of its kind initiative in India, the Apollo Hospitals Group provided 535 tele-consults from 65 different specialists in 2 days in 13 different specialities from 5 Apollo Hospitals simultaneously at a general mega-health camp at Ajmer ranging from neurology, cardiology, paediatrics, orthopaedics, dermatology, oncology to sexual medicine.
Various subspecialities were covered including Asthma, Spine, pediatric neurology etc using a well equipped Hospital on Wheels, patients were connected to Chennai, Hyderabad, Delhi, Ahmedabad and Bhubaneshwar. Consultants interacted and virtually examined the patients at the camp and give the necessary e- advice thro an e -prescription. Details of the examination were stored in special electronic records. With prior consent the entire consultation was recorded in some of the tertiary centres.The telemedicine division of the Apollo Hospitals ( Apollo Telemedicine Networking Foundation and Apollo Telehealth Services Ltd. ) facilitated these virtual consultations using high speed broad band connectivity. Each cubicle had dedicated 1MBPS connectivity. 1MBPS connectivity was also made available at the registration/ prescription dissemination counter. Chennai based neurosurgeon Prof K. GANAPATHY, President of Apollo Telemedicine Networking Foundation and immediate Past President of the Telemedicine Society of India led the 30 member Apollo Telehealth team ably assisted by Vikram Thaploo CEO Apollo Telehealth Services Ltd.