Dr Prathap C Reddy, chairman, Apollo Hospitals
The recipient of Padma Vibhushan in 2010, Dr Reddy spoke to the BioSpectrum on the sidelines of an event to mark the launch of Healthcare Alliance that is being spearheaded by Apollo along with the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and network of other stakeholders.
Q: What do you think is required to drive the healthcare?
There are three things in healthcare. First is quality which certainly is very important and basic parameter. Then second is the cost benefit and this is where we require innovation. Finally the third is access to people. Earlier it would have been said that how do we reach out but now due to technological interventions, this has become much easier. Today technology will take us everywhere. With the National Knowledge Centre (NKN), one note will be available for every 6000 people.
Q: How important is the technology to fulfill the healthcare needs?
In one week's time, we were able to put up 130 tele-medicine centres in a district in Andhra Pradesh. This is what technology is going to give us. This is the health revolution. With the use of existing telecom facilities, we can reach out to more and more people in need. Suppose a person is having a heart attack, he doesn't need to be rushed to hospital for saving his life. The help must be available immediately and the day is not far, that will happen in India. The health workers can carry the basic skills and instruments required to save lives in their area. Believe me, we will be in a position where we will not only deliver the healthcare to our people but also across the world.