The growing need for well-trained doctors and nurses in India will now get a step up, thanks to a new agreement announced between Medvarsity, a medical e-learning initiative by Apollo Hospital Group, and an innovative software company from New Zealand. It is estimated that India will need nearly four times as many healthcare personnel by 2022 –nearly 10 million new trainees. The new software system from New Zealand Company SIMTICS will offer an effective online method for medical and allied health students in India learning complex medical procedures.
“By studying the SIMTICS modules online, at their own pace, our customers will be able to learn the steps of a procedure, which instrument to use and where to apply it, and the relevant anatomical structures. That means they will be better prepared and can concentrate on more advanced aspects when they are exposed to clinical time in a hospital,” says SanjivZutshi, CEO, Medvarsity Online Ltd. “Medvarsity is delighted to have secured the right to distribute the unique SIMTICS solution in India,” he adds.
“SIMTICS complements our existing portfolio of high quality online education products and aligns with our mission to deliver Information Technology-based education to health care providers at any distance. India needs to increase its healthcare personnel by 2022. This will not be achievable using traditional methods alone. Leading-edge educational technologies like SIMTICS will be critical to meeting our country’s health care training needs.”
Cherry Vanderbeke, General Manager of SIMTICS, says India is a key market for the technology. “It was extremely important for SIMTICS to identify a partner that shares similar goals to us, that understands the education requirements of the local healthcare sector in India, and that can reach customers through a national network while providing first class service and support,” says Ms Vanderbeke.
Medvarsity Online Ltd, established in 2000 as India’s first virtual medical university, has become a reseller for SIMTICS in India and will offer the SIMTICS clinical procedure simulations through its online presence. It plans to offer the SIMTICS simulations both standalone and incorporated into certificate courses.