New Delhi: The SAMRIDH Healthcare blended financing facility has committed Rs 3.2 crore to Critical Care Hope to help expand its tech-enabled hub-and-spoke Tele-ICU platform for healthcare providers in tier two and three cities to deliver critical care services.
The ‘Tele-ICU’ platform aims to allow a certified critical care physician to remotely manage 60-80 ICU patients across multiple locations. With this collaboration, Critical Care Hope aims to onboard 12 partner hospitals in tier two and three towns in Rajasthan, Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, and Madhya Pradesh to deliver critical care services.
Sharing his thoughts on the partnership, Himanshu Sikka, Project Director, SAMRIDH, and Chief Strategy and Diversification Officer, IPE Global, said, “India’s uneven urban-rural distribution of health infrastructure and workforce, with a heavy bias towards the urban cities, has been a critical roadblock in delivering equitable healthcare services. Through this collaboration, we aim to ensure timely intervention of critical care experts for patients in tier 2, 3 and rural areas, where there are currently limited or no tertiary care centres.”
Critical Care Hope’s proposed hub and spoke model will create dedicated command centres called HOPES (Health Outcomes Focused Preventions and Evaluation System), each of which will act as centralised management (hub) for patients in need of critical care in remote sites (spokes). The HOPES hubs are aimed at bringing together ICU specialists, advanced medical technologies, expertise, and local hospitals on one platform, offering 24×7 monitoring of patients to enable collecting and analysing data, and offer protocolled care and treatment interventions.
Commending the collaboration, Shailesh Jhawar, Founder and Director, Critical Care Hope said, “The issue with our healthcare system is that we face significant challenges in bridging the urban-semi-urban-rural healthcare divide. Technological innovations in healthcare are a must to bridge these gaps and deliver value-based solutions to underserved areas. With support from SAMRIDH, we will be able to scale our operations and continue to innovate and deliver last-mile clinical services.”