Satguru Partap Singh (SPS) Apollo Hospitals, India, has launched the first nodal tele-medicine, which is inaugurated by Chief Minister of Punjab, Amarinder Singh. The Minister stated while advocating the concept of telemedicine that remote diagnosis through satellite or Internet is a boon for the 620 million people living in rural India. Apollo Hospitals group’s not-for-profit arm, Apollo Telemedicine Networking Foundation (ATNF), will oversee the development of telemedicine at SPS Apollo Hospitals, Ludhiana. According to the authorities at Apollo, telemedicine is the use of electronic Information and Communication Technologies to provide and support healthcare when the participants are separated by distance. The launch of telemedicine by SPS Apollo Hospitals will enable primary and secondary healthcare providers across the state to offer better treatment to their patients. There are around 35 telemedicine centres in the country. SPS Apollo Hospitals will integrate the primary and secondary healthcare providers in Punjab and neighbouring states with the following telemedicine centres across India and abroad. According to the Director, besides the patient benefits, the telemedicine link is extremely useful to enable local doctors in these regions to upgrade their skills by attending video-conferencing-based medical programmes offered by specialists from bigger centres, like Apollo Hospitals in Chennai, Hyderabad, Delhi and Kolkata.