American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) has signed an MoU
with HealthNet Global Limited, an Apollo Hospital group company, to offer
virtual second opinion consultations, some of which may not be chargeable.
After the basic details of patients, case sheet, diagnosis reports are uploaded, an
appointment has to be sought. Thereafter, doctors will offer second opinion
through video call, audio call or e-mail.
Dr. Sangita Reddy, joint managing director, Apollo Hospitals Group, said the service is offered under two categories. “This is offered at Mee Seva Centrees or
Common Service Centres where people can find ‘tele medicine’ option. Doctors
from USA who are members of AAPI and wish to give free service will be made
part of it. We will add ‘AAPI’ button in the next 90 days. Apollo Hospitals doctors
who want offer free service will also be part of it,”
The second option is ‘Ask Apollo’ where people have to pay money for the
second opinion through online platforms. She said AAPI doctors who wish to
give second opinion service will indicate their charges which can be paid
through credit cards or payment gateways. Bio-data of the doctors will also be
listed for people to read.
Dr. Reddy said Apollo Hospitals has completed 10 million tele consultations
from the time they launched the service in 2000. “Almost 50% of it was recorded in the last two years because of uptake of
technology and mobile phones,” she said.