Chennai: Healthcare major Apollo Hospitals on Wednesday said it has partnered with Google Cloud to provide AI-powered telemedicine and online doctor consultation facilities countrywide. Through its digital platform Apollo 24/7, Apollo Hospitals aims to enhance the healthcare experience for users, with home delivery of medication and improved clinical decision making as well. Some of the key pillars of the partnership between Apollo Hospitals and Google Cloud include — development of an AI (artificial intelligence) powered clinical decision support system, AskApollo patient-facing service, providing a highly scalable, modernised cloud platform for Apollo 24/7 and delivering authentic healthcare information.
Apollo Hospitals vice-chairperson Shobana Kamineni said,
Access to timely and accurate health information is a real challenge in India, and our partnership with Google Cloud is poised to address it through various collaborations.
Citing a study by McKinsey & Company, which found that 60 per cent of hospitals, 75 per cent of pharmacies and 80 per cent of doctors are located in urban areas, leaving rural areas underserved, she said that technology presents an opportunity to improve access to healthcare for all.
Apollo’s expertise, data and hospital network will help shape a new era of precision and empathy in clinical decision making with medical grade generative AI, and AskApollo embodies the fusion of technology and compassion to revolutionise patient care, she added.
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