Apollo Hospitals India and Airtel Africa have signed an MoU for a service that will give Airtel subscribers access to personalized medical advice in real time on their devices.
“Ask-Apollo” is a web and mobile-enabled service that will give people in Africa the convenience of consulting with world-renowned doctors from Apollo Hospitals.
Apollo Hospitals is a pioneer of private healthcare in India. It has a network of more than 60 hospitals, retail pharmacy stores, primary care and diagnostic clinics; health insurance services; a clinical research division; and academic institutions including a medical school.
It is one of the most preferred medical care destinations by thousands of patients from Africa annually.
Apollo Hospitals has realized that some African patients make unnecessary travel to India for conditions that could be treated on the continent and others wait too long until treatment and cure are no longer possible.
The simple platform allows users face to face talk with doctors through video conferencing and connection through voice or email, saving the time, money and energy of patients.
Clinical information including reports, images and scans can also be uploaded on “Ask-Apollo” for analysis and a second opinion by doctors.
Airtel will provide discounted consultation for its customers as well as
enable easy payment options for the service through Airtel Money or customer’s airtime.
The MOU was signed by Raghunath Mandava, COO Airtel Africa and Sangita Reddy of Apollo Hospitals Group who was part of the Indian Business delegation that accompanied Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Kenya.