Mukhyamantri e-Eye Kendram-MeEK programme

Andhra Pradesh Government has been implementing the Mukhyamantri e-Eye Kendram-MeEK programme since 1st February 2018. This tele-ophthalmology service is one of the largest Public-Private Partnership projects in India.

Drawing inspiration from the success of Tele-Ophthalmology and bringing quality eye care to remote and rural areas, Apollo TeleHealth has emerged as a pioneer in tele-ophthalmology services. Through the use of state-of-the-art digital technologies and a team of qualified experienced ophthalmologists, optometrists, and technicians, Apollo TeleHealth has made a significant impact in this programme by providing eye care services to more than 2.5 million people across 115 Mukyamantri e-Eye Kendram (tele-ophthalmology Centres) located throughout the state of Andhra Pradesh.

As part of the initiative, Apollo Telehealth has performed over 2.4 million refraction tests and analysed more than 9,00,000 fundus images to identify early indicators of conditions such as diabetic retinopathy, hypertensive retinopathy, cataracts, macular degeneration, and other eye-related problems for patients. Through their advanced telehealth services platform, they have also delivered more than 1.9 million spectacles for vision correction to patients across Andhra Pradesh.

“The accomplishment is particularly noteworthy since many of these people were residing in remote areas with limited access to all specialities for their health care needs. Over 1.4 lakh potential beneficiaries were referred to higher centres for further treatment. This project has played a vital role in using telemedicine to address healthcare challenges in rural areas. I am confident that the AP tele-ophthalmology programme, operated by Apollo Telehealth, is praiseworthy, and I hope it will continue to provide high-quality healthcare services to people in our state in the future”, said J Nivas, IAS, Commissioner of Health & Family Welfare, Government of AP.

“As eye-related illnesses continue to increase in India, there is a growing need for increased awareness and access to high-quality eye care services. Tele-ophthalmology can play a critical role in extending eye care to remote and underserved communities, offering regular eye exams in rural areas while enhancing the detection and treatment of various eye disorders. For a large nation like ours, innovation is the way forward for bringing health care services to every nook and corner, Apollo Hospitals Group is committed to playing our role with various State and Central Government to add strength in this direction.” said Dr Sangita Reddy, Joint Managing Director of Apollo Hospitals Group.

Speaking about the program, Vikram Thaploo, CEO of Apollo Telehealth said, “Apollo tele-Ophthalmology centre is renowned for its systematic approach to organising tele-Ophthalmology programs and minimising patient waiting times. At Apollo TeleHealth, there is no compromise on the accuracy and quality of all our healthcare programs. Providing customer delight to thousands of people presents operational challenges, but we are pleased that we have been able to meet these challenges and deliver excellent outcomes in the rural regions of Andhra Pradesh with timely access to eye care, potentially preventing preventable blindness.”

Providing quality eye care services to remote rural areas in India is a major challenge, as accessing an ophthalmologist can involve significant distances. Tele-ophthalmology has emerged as a critical tool for reaching those who may be otherwise unreachable, enabling routine eye exams to be conducted in rural areas and improving the detection and treatment of various eye diseases.

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