The dry run of the initial INR 5 crore EMR (Electronic Medical Record) system by Apollo in association with 40-odd hospitals in south India and networking of 2 lakh doctors will be done by October of this year, said Sangita Reddy, executive director of Apollo Hospitals Group (AHG) at the commemoration of their 25th anniversary of the hospital. The EMR system will facilitate greater sharing of patient’s medical history information among participating hospitals apparently aiding in delivery of an enhanced medical care, she said and added that Indian EMR envisaged by Apollo IT team is designed on compliance standards prescribed by US HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act). The HIPAA compliant model would ensure safety and protection of patient’s medical records against tampering and unauthorised access online, she pointed out. Emphasis on transparency, technology and tracking will help the hospital to reach 12, 344 beds and a staff strength of 60,00 by 2011, said Sunita Reddy, executive director (Finance), AHG. “Indian healthcare sector is poised to reach USD 75 billion from the current USD 35 billion by 2011 and AHG is espousing a sustainable business model of health care facility that can replicated all across the country. Notwithstanding this, the growth and dispersal of healthcare would make India advantageous to leverage the cost abritrage existing in health markets in various regions of the world,” she said. Shobana Kamineni, executive director of AHG said, Apollo would focus on building greater synergy between health and insurance industry so as to reduce the out of pocket expenditure on medical care by a patient. Kamineni further spoke on AHG’s ‘Reach’ project entailing 250 hospitals and 150 super-speciality hospitals targetting patients’ beyond metros in a span of 7 years from now. Apollo Health City, under the aegis of Apollo Knowledge Foundation, is coming up on a 100-acre site at Aragonda in Chitoor district, Andhra Pradesh, said Prathap C Reddy, founder-chairman, AHG. To boost the adequate supply of trained health workers, an MoU was signed at the function between V N Rajashekaran Pillai, vice-chancellor, IGNOU (Indira Gandhi National Open University) and AHG chairman to start 45 different courses in four verticals in distance learning module for working health professionals. The courses would be offered in biochemistry, secretarial, insurance and core medicine.