AXA in India bolsters telemedicine hotline with free specialist teleconsultation feature, Health News, ET HealthWorld

New Delhi: To support its goal of extending health and protection to all its geographies, notably through innovative services, AXA has added a free specialized teleconsultation feature to its CSR telemedicine initiative SAATH (Supportive Action Across Telemedicine and Healthcare ).

SAATH is a “One AXA” public health initiative between AXA France Vie, AXA GO Business Operations and AXA XL; and provides free general and specialist consultations to more than 25 million people in four states of India: Delhi, Haryana, Maharashtra and Rajasthan.

Dr. Alfred Beil, Medical Director of the AXA Group (PhD candidate in cancer research) said: “Prevention is underestimated; it prevents a disease from becoming costly and life-threatening. Prevention can be achieved through technology-assisted health care like SAATH which will ultimately save lives.”

SAATH offers specialists in five areas: Dermatology, Gynecology, Paediatrics, Orthopedics and Oncology. Dr. VK Paul, member of Niti Aayog, praised the helpline, describing it as follows: “Telemedicine is now a way of life in the context of COVID-19 across the world and especially in India”.

Odette Cesari, Head of Business Development at AXA Life and Health International Solutions, added: “This is a fantastic tool that complements other high-impact initiatives. Healthcare has always been a priority for AXA in all geographies. It is our mission as a great insurance company to contribute positively to society.”

The introduction of specialists will help provide relevant expert consultation for critical health issues, especially for vulnerable people.

Ankur Nijhawan, CEO of AXA France Vie India’s reinsurance arm, said: “As women, children and the elderly are our main concerns, specialist care will have a significant impact on communities in India. All of this has been made possible through the combined efforts of all AXA entities in India, our NGO partner SEWA International, our technology partners Paramba Foundation and our technology-based cancer care provider Karkinos Healthcare.”

Derek Nazareth, Head of Global Operations and Country Head of AXA XL in India, said: “Supporting local communities in India through our CSR activities continues to be a priority for AXA XL in India. SAATH has given us the opportunity to help the families most in need, ensuring they have access to the healthcare they need, and the addition of medical specialists will further strengthen an already important initiative. »

Sebastien Legrand, India Head – AXA GO Business Operations, shared his thoughts: “Over the past few months, I have seen SAATH support our communities beyond our expectations. My belief in our association with the project is further strengthened by the tremendous impact it has managed to create.Given the current state of COVID-19 in the country and with the addition of these specialist services, SAATH will help extend improved healthcare to a wider part Our commitment to society is strengthened, with access to relevant information and the subsequent increased reach of different medical services across the country.”

SAATH now offers teleconsultation of general practitioners, nutritionists and specialists in five fields of medicine. Prepared for any spike in COVID-19 numbers in India, the helpline is also armed with real-time information on medical resources available to all its callers, free of charge.

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