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After tele-medicine, now it's tele-pathology

Kolkata and Mumbai are the two metros in the country that have found a place in the map of tele-pathology worldwide.

business Updated: Jun 20, 2007 14:11 IST

After tele-medicine, it is now tele-pathology. Kolkata and Mumbai are the two metros in the country that have found a place in the map of tele-pathology worldwide.

Here, the tele-pathology is being operated by the city-based pathological clinic Pulse Diagnostics Pvt Ltd Result: senior consultants all over the world are now available to give their opinion on critical pathological findings of this laboratory.

Though these two pathological laboratories Pulse Diagnostic Private Limited of Vijaya Diagnostic and Metropolis Health Services (I) Limited—are presently carrying out tests and giving only report specialised studies, like histopathology and PCR, through internets, on behalf of US, UK, and Al Hayat Hospital, Bahrain, Nawaloka Hospital, Colombo, Sri Lanka and Victoria Hospital, Seychelles, “days are not far away when more specialised tests’ reports of eminent hospitals in abroad will be prepared by Indian doctors at local laboratories,” said Sunaina Bihani, director, Pulse Diagnostic Private Limited.

The photographs of histopathological slides and PCR are e-mailed to these laboratories and Indian doctors going through the slides writes their reports and sent through e-mail to those hospitals. “While a histopathology test cost just Rs 500-600, it cost just ten times abroad.

The process not only helping us doing brisk business as we are getting at least Rs 1000 per slide, at the same time helping patients living abroad getting their tests done at a much competitive price,” Sunaina added.

According to Dr Sushil Shah, chairman, Metropolis Health Services (I) Limited, because of this reason, the pathology market has already witnessed a 25 per cent rise in terms of revenue.

Shah said: “This city has a good scope for growth as it is close to South East Asian countries and it will give them the geographical advantage. Kolkata infact can grow exponentially in terms of tele-pathology because if you look at Eastern India there is not too many well-connected metro cities with so many facilities.”

Sunaina believed that by 2012, Asian medical industry is expected to generate over $4.4 billion a year, of which tele-pathology will have its share of pie.

This phenomenon makes perfect sense from both a technical and economic perspective as many of the city’s medical practitioners are trained in the West.

The equipment used in city are mostly identical in that of in the West. And having a very cheap labour cost helping this trade booming in a very short period of time.

Another reason, the cost shoots up in those countries as most the population are under insurance cover that makes the healthcare centres charging higher prices from the patients.

Sunaina, observe that few clinics in both the cities, even does sex-determination tests done from the clinics in Thailand, where it is legalised. These centres, doing just the work of middlemen for hospitals of Middle East and countries like Canada and US, where it is completely ban.

The prospect of tele-pathology business is so bright that Metropolis has already opened up collection centres abroad. Sunaina’s company has decided to pump in additional Rs 160 crores to steal the show.

First Published: Jun 20, 2007 14:03 IST