Apollo Hospitals sign MoU with William Osler Health System, Ontario for Coordination of Care and Collaborative Research

NEW DELHI, INDIA and BRAMPTON/ETOBICOKE, ON, May 2, 2016 /CNW/ - Apollo Hospitals and William Osler Health System (Osler) signed a historic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) formalizing a unique partnership between the two organizations that aims to positively impact the health and wellness of the patients they serve.

The agreement signed in Delhi recently by Dr. Anupam Sibal, Senior Consultant and Group Medical Director of Apollo Hospitals and Dr. Naveed Mohammad, VP Medical Affairs, William Osler Health System and Lead Physician of Osler's Global Health Program, brings together two leading health care organizations in efforts to improve health outcomes across the world. Ms. Suneeta Reddy, Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited and Apollo Hospitals Senior Leadership team members across India were present via videoconference as well.

The partnership focuses on two unique areas including research and continuity of patient care.

Through the research collaboration, scientists at the two organizations will begin by identifying areas of cooperation, collaboration and innovation, particularly around the range of diseases like Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases and Cancer, which are highly prevalent among the population in regions served by both Osler and Apollo. A recent assessment report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) shows that the diabetic population in India is rising constantly and is projected to reach 101.2 million in the next 15 years.

"Every year, nearly 36 million lives are lost to lifestyle diseases and more than 60 per cent of the population in India bear the brunt of chronic diseases. It is estimated that the incidence of chronic disease will cost India $6.2 trillion (USD) by the year 2030, adding to the already-existing financial burden, calling out for a paradigm shift in disease management", said Mr. Rahul Reddy, SVP Strategic Relationships & New Initiatives, Apollo Hospitals Group.

The organizations will also initiate a pilot project to enhance the continuity of care for patients with complex needs traveling between India and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) in Canada for extended periods of time. As part of the pilot, Apollo and Osler physicians will identify patients and provide them with an option of going to Apollo and Osler hospitals when in the other country for chronic, acute or emergency care. In consultation with identified patients, medical records – including physician notes, laboratory tests, diagnostic imaging tests and medication records – will be securely shared to ensure medical information is available to clinicians delivering care. In addition, consults including virtual grand rounds will be arranged between hospital clinical teams to enhance patient care.

"We share a vision of improving life for the communities we serve and by promoting management of an individual's health and wellness, said Dr. Mohammad. "The two organizations also share a common interest in providing coordinated, high-quality health care for their patients, whether they are residents or visitors. This pilot gives us an unprecedented opportunity to better understand how we can coordinate the continuity of care for these patients and dramatically improve their health outcomes – contributing significantly to their increased health and wellness and making a positive difference to the health system as a whole."

This agreement between Osler and Apollo Hospitals is viewed to be significantly beneficial in view of the rising burden of chronic disease in both countries, and will enable transparent and seamless health care delivery in both countries.

ABOUT WILLIAM OSLER HEALTH SYSTEM

William Osler Health System is a hospital system 'Accredited with Exemplary Standing' that serves 1.3 million residents of Brampton, Etobicoke, and surrounding communities within the Central West Local Health Integration Network – one of the fastest-growing and most-culturally diverse regions in Canada. Osler's emergency departments are among the busiest in Canada and its labour and delivery program is one of the largest in Ontario. William Osler Health System Foundation builds and fosters relationships in order to raise funds to support William Osler Health System's capital, education and research priorities at Brampton Civic Hospital, Etobicoke General Hospital and the new Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health & Wellness.

ABOUT APOLLO HOSPITALS

It was in 1983, that Dr. Prathap Reddy made a pioneering endeavour by launching India's first corporate hospital - Apollo Hospitals in Chennai. Over the years Apollo Hospitals has established itself as home to the largest cardiac practice in India with over 160,000 cardiac surgeries. Apollo Hospitals is also the world's largest private cancer care provider and runs the world's leading solid organ transplant program having conducted over 1,500 solid organ transplants in 2014-15 alone.

Now, as Asia's largest and most trusted healthcare group, its presence includes 9,215 beds across 64 Hospitals, 2,100 Pharmacies, over 90 Primary Care and Diagnostic Clinics, 110 plus Telemedicine Centres and 80 plus Apollo Munich Insurance branches panning the length and breadth of the Country. As an integrated healthcare service provider with Health Insurance services, Global Projects Consultancy capability, 12 plus medical education centres and a Research Foundation with a focus on global Clinical Trials, epidemiological studies, stem cell & genetic research Apollo Hospitals has been at the forefront of new medical breakthroughs with the most recent investment being that of commissioning the first Proton Therapy Center across Asia, Africa and Australia in Chennai, India. Every four days, the Apollo Hospitals Group touches a million lives, in its mission to bring healthcare of International standards within the reach of every individual.

In a rare honor, the Government of India issued a commemorative stamp in recognition of Apollo's contribution, the first for a healthcare organization. Apollo Hospitals Chairman, Dr. Prathap C Reddy, was conferred with the prestigious Padma Vibhushan in 2010. For more than 28 years, the Apollo Hospitals Group has continuously excelled and maintained leadership in medical innovation, world-class clinical services and cutting-edge technology. Our hospitals are consistently ranked amongst the best hospitals globally for advanced medical services and research.

SOURCE William Osler Health System

Image with caption: "Dr. Anupam Sibal, Senior Consultant and Group Medical Director of Apollo Hospitals and Dr. Naveed Mohammad, VP Medical Affairs, William Osler Health System and Lead Physician of Osler's Global Health Program sign a Memorandum of Understanding in Delhi on April 27, 2016, formalizing a unique partnership between the two organizations that aims to positively impact the health and wellness of the patients they serve. (CNW Group/William Osler Health System)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160502_C1690_PHOTO_EN_679901.jpg

Image with caption: "William Osler Health System (CNW Group/William Osler Health System)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160502_C1690_PHOTO_EN_679903.jpg

Image with caption: "Apollo Hospitals (CNW Group/William Osler Health System)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160502_C1690_PHOTO_EN_679905.jpg

For further information: For Apollo Hospitals: Dheeptha Mohan, Dheeptha.Mohan@bm.com, +91 9940629562, Romi Rajendran, romi.rajendran@bm.com, +91 8939616217; For William Osler Health System: Cara Francis, Director, Public Relations, William Osler Health System, P: 905-494-2120 ext. 59467, cara.francis@williamoslerhs.ca

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