Apollo Hospitals is a major hospital chain based in Chennai, India. It was founded by Dr. Prathap C. Reddy in 1983. Apollo is the largest private healthcare provider in Asia and the third largest in the world, with hospitals in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh,
Ghana, Nigeria, Republic of Mauritius, Qatar,Oman and Kuwait.
Several of the group's hospitals have been among the first in India to receive a form of international healthcare accreditation, in their case by the American-based Joint Commission International (JCI). The Hyderabad hospital was the first in the world, outside the US, to receive JCI's Disease- or Condition-Specific Care (DCSC) Certification in addition to general accreditation when it received this for its Acute Stroke treatment in 2006.. However, they have not as yet acquired international accreditation from any hospital accreditation group from outside of the USA.
The group has developed services in telemedicine, after starting a pilot project in 2000 in Dr Pratap C. Reddy's own home village. It is now the largest telemedicine provider in India with 71 centres.
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