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      Apollo, John Hopkins collaborate to bring world-class healthcare facilities

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      The Apollo Hospitals has entered into a collaboration with Johns Hopkins Medicine International to jointly develop state of the art concepts, technology, tests and operating systems in healthcare services, clinical research and medical education.

      Steven J Thompson, senior vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine International, and Dr Prathap C Reddy, chairman of the Apollo Hospitals Group in India, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) this week to mark the beginning of the relationship between the largest private healthcare provider in India and Johns Hopkins Medicine. Its hospital was recently named the best hospital in the United States for the 15th consecutive year.

      The MOU signed establishes areas of collaboration that include Continuing Medical Education (CME) programs, nurse education, telemedicine, second opinion services, partnerships with clinical departments and participation in clinical trials.

      In areas like telemedicine, Apollo foundationÂ's telemedicine sites will be able to offer opinion of JohnÂ's Hopkins MedicineÂ's medical specialists through tele consultation and route second opinion requests to specialists in USA. Clinical trials will be conducted according to international standards and protocols to explore cost effective alternatives for providing better patient care.

      Definitive agreements with financial frameworks, including other administrative and consultancy partnerships, will be discussed and concluded in the next 90 days.

      Â"We are very pleased to enter this relationship with Apollo,Â" Steve Thompson said adding, Â"As a leader in healthcare services in India and with a network of 35 hospitals in Asia, Apollo is definitely contributing to the Johns Hopkins mission of sharing knowledge and best practices with the world.Â"

      Speaking on the occasion Dr. Prathap C Reddy, chairman, Apollo Hospitals, said, Â"The JV with Johns Hopkins Medicine is the next big step in our attempt to achieve the objective of bringing world class healthcare facilities to the people of the India.Â"

      Apollo and AmCare Labs International, affiliated with Johns Hopkins International, are currently discussing on setting up of a central reference lab in India, serving all the hospitals managed by Apollo, as well as other hospitals throughout Asia. There is also a plan to set up a premiere facility, jointly with Johns Hopkins Medicine, in minimally invasive surgery in one of the main cities in India.

      July 20, 2005


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