(From left) Dr Hari Prasad, Dr Sunitha Prasad, Dr Surya Prakash, Dr Sarabjit Chadha, Dr C Chakrapani and Dr Suneetha Nareddy
(From left) Dr Hari Prasad, Dr Sunitha Prasad, Dr Surya Prakash, Dr Sarabjit Chadha, Dr C Chakrapani and Dr Suneetha Nareddy

Apollo Hospitals launched a web based pilot project in association with the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease that aims on spreading awareness for TB treatment on Thursday. The collaborative project was announced by  Dr K Hariprasad, president, Apollo hospitals group; Dr Sarabjit Chadha,

Deputy regional director Southeast Asia; Sunita Prasad, programme manager, Lilly  MDR-TB Partnership, Dr Suneetha Narreddy, consultant infectious diseases, Apollo health city and Dr Surya Prakash, State TB officer.The application links the private health facility with government’s TB notification portal, Nikshay, supports patients for treatment adherence through messages, interactive voice calls and counselling services and ensures better outcomes.

“As a part of the pilot study during June 2015 – March 2016, 200 TB patients have been registered and have been successfully notified to Nikshay. This includes 146 extra pulmonary TB patients and remaining are pulmonary ones. Of the 200 patients, 32 have successfully completed treatment while the remaining are still on treatment, which is the biggest achievement for us, Said Dr Suneetha Narreddy.

“The involvement of Apollo is a first-of-its-kind initiative from a private healthcare player with national TB control programmes,” claimed Sarabjit Chadha, Project Director – India, Union.

The software also provides treatment adherence support to patients through daily reminder via SMS in their language of choice and twice a week through IVRC (interactive voice response calls) which records patients response on treatment regularity.