Apollo Hospitals opens a new geriatric clinic as a result of India’s ageing population
Since its inception in...
Apollo Hospitals have created new patient facilities dedicated to its growing elderly population, it has recently been reported.
Since its inception in the early 1980s, Apollo has emerged as one of the most well-respected healthcare providers within India.
Encompassing 70 hospitals, 100 clinics and 2400 pharmacies across 140 countries, Apollo Hospitals provides in order to provide swift diagnostics and personalised care plans tailored to each individual.
To this effect, India’s dense population has seen the need for increased health services, especially for its elderly population. Care services are limited but in high demand, whilst the number of health professionals specialising in geriatric care remains scarce, with a shortage of doctors and medical professionals in both India’s public and private healthcare systems.
The new clinics will ultimately benefit a large chunk of India’s population, where the integrated healthcare provider aims to open up a further five clinics to support this growing need, and embed these services in over 60 hospitals in India long-term. Additionally, to support its increased revenues, it is looking to acquire a number of smaller hospitals, following on from gaining a stake in Assam Hospitals last year.
“Geriatric clinic will provide comprehensive care, addressing patients medical, psychological and rehabilitative needs, said Vasanth Kumar, a Geriatric Consultant at The Hospital Group. “Besides focusing on treating the elderly will majorly lay thrust on preventive care even before they have a problem.”
Their aggressive expansion plans will see Apollo Hospitals look towards further Indian cities, such as Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru. The clinics will encompass four zones – emergency and home care, out-patient and in-patient care, and provide personalised services, such as tailored care plans, areas for patients to improve their quality of life, besides the use of medication and various other essential assessments.
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Treatments will also be extensive, covering areas such as memory loss, fractures from falls, medicine management and many more. There will consequently be a significant employment drive for medical staff throughout India whilst Apollo Hospitals works on growing its technologies to support patient health.
Last month, Ms Shobana Kamineni, Executive Vice Chairperson of Apollo Hospitals said: “Apollo is the first healthcare organisation to realise that it couldn't standardise multiple hospitals and patient services without the use of new technology.
Embedding technology innovation and bench to bedside research into Apollo’s ecosystem is of paramount importance. These are cornerstones of a consistently evolving patient centric healthcare system”.
Mr Seemant Jauhari, CEO of Apollo Research & Innovations (ARI), also commented that "it's about staying more aware about one`s health and staying healthy" and “if someone is highly predisposed to cardiovascular disease and their clinical assessment is on the borderline, our physicians can proactively monitor a patient`s lipid profile, for example."
Apollo Hospitals constantly looks at ways in which to improve its service delivery and cater towards growing patient demands. Not only has the provider looked at developing new geriatric clinics, but has also recently overhauled its cardiology specialist areas through the launch of a new Centre of Excellence for condition Chronic Total Occlusion (CTO).
The use of organ transplantation has also become a key focus for Apollo Hospitals. Becoming renowned in India, its transplant program has been running for over twenty years, and is constantly revised in line with new guidelines, standards, procedures and innovative technologies bought to the table. It’s liver transplant program is one of the most well renowned and successfully areas of expertise globally.
Walmart, the next health tech giant - a timeline
Retail giant Walmart has been building its healthcare division for a number of years, but its recent acquisition of a telehealth firm and the slow down of its clinic expansion suggest its focus has now shifted to health tech. We look at key moments in Walmart's history in healthcare.
Walmart announces plans to provide "full primary care services" by 2020. The plans include opening clinics in underserved, urban areas, where the chain has many existing stores.
A series of “Healthcare Begins Here” events launch at Walmart stores, where consumers are given information on leading healthy lives, as well as free blood pressure, blood glucose and vision screenings, and access to vaccinations.
As part of the organisation's commitment to pursue a more data-centric approach to worker safety, Walmart partners with StrongArm, manufacturers of safety wearables. Staff begin wearing FUSE, a small sensor worn between their shoulder blades that detects injury risk. Within a year, ergonomic injuries decreased by 65%.
Walmart opens its first health centre in Dallas. The 10,000 square-foot "super centre" offers primary care, X-rays and ECG, counselling, dental, optical, hearing and community health services. Prices are affordable regardless of health insurance status.
The same year a partnership with Doctor on Demand is announced, a telehealth company offering mental health services. As part of the agreement Walmart employees are able to access these services for free.
The first health and wellness clinic opens in Springdale, Arkansas, providing primary care, dental care, vision and hearing services as well as behavioural health, fitness and wellness education classes.
Walmart acquires CareZone’s medication management technology. CareZone's app reminds users to take their medication and provides refill reminders. The acquisition complements Walmart's existing pharmacy service.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Walmart is in talks with Verizon to implement 5G wireless service in select sites, to help boost digital health services.
As part of its COVID-19 response, drive-thru testing is offered at hundreds of Walmart Neighborhood Market drive-thru pharmacy sites, free of charge through Humana .
The retail giant teams up with the Department of Veterans Affairs to offer telehealth services to veterans at stores in Wisconsin, Michigan and Iowa.
Walmart Mexico signs a deal with Jack Nathan Medical Corp, a Canadian tech-focused healthcare provider. This will see 153 new medical clinics open within stores across Mexico, taking the total in the country to 203.
Walmart announces it is acquiring MeMD, a multi-speciality telehealth provider. The acquisition will enable Walmart Health to provide access to virtual care across the US. At the same time it is reported that plans to open further clinics are deliberately slowing down.
"Today people expect omnichannel access to care, and adding telehealth to our Walmart Health care strategies allows us to provide in-person and digital care across our multiple assets and solutions" Dr. Cheryl Pegus, executive vice president for Health & Wellness said of the announcement.