The Apollo Group of Hospitals has announced plans to take the number of its Sugar Clinics to 100 in 90 days with an investment of around Rs 30 crore.
The company already has around 13 Sugar Clinics, specialty clinics for diabetes management and care. The new ones would mostly be located in the premise of Apollo Hospitals in various parts of the country. Placing the clinics in the existing hospital premises would give an additional advantage of accessing the services of experts in other specialties also, said Sangita Reddy, utive director “ operations, Apollo Group of Hospitals.
We expect the expansion to 100 clinics in the next 90 days. However, equipment in some of these facilities would be installed by our equipment supply partners. So, the cash outlay for the clinics would be around Rs 10 crore, said Sangita Reddy.
She added that the technology support for the patients, which it was providing through a 24X7 call centre, was now expanded to mobile applications for operating systems across the mobile handset brands along with offering a personalised webpage for each patient. The mobile application would enable the patient to send the sugar count and blood pressure level readings to the doctor in case if regular monitoring is required.
The technology, which initially comes as part of the Sugar Clinic offering, would be launched as a separate service for patients visiting any general practitioners (GPs) across the country, even outside Apollo Hospitals.
It would offer the technology to patients visiting GPs across the country in the second phase of operations, by early 2012, said Sangita Reddy. The technology was developed by two of the Apollo Group subsidiaries, the health care BPO Apollo Health Street Ltd and healthcare management services firm HealthNet Global.