WASHINGTON (Aug. 19, 2015)-- The American College of Cardiology is collaborating with Apollo Hospitals in India to provide the College's guideline-driven educational content to physicians participating in Apollo's Medvarsity e-learning program, India's first medical e-learning venture.
"With today's technology, medical professionals shouldn't encounter barriers to collaboration and continuing education because of their location," said ACC President Kim Allan Williams, M.D., FACC. "With this partnership, we're making possible a knowledge exchange between physicians and other health care professionals that may not interact under normal circumstances. It's opening up brand new opportunities for physicians in India to improve their skills, expand their knowledge and, ultimately, provide the best possible care to their patients."
Medvarsity participants will have access to the ACC's valvular heart disease education module, which focuses on training healthcare professionals in the diagnosis and management of adult patients with valvular heart disease. This content exchange is the first in an ongoing bilateral exchange of professional health education content between the ACC and Apollo.
"The world is seeing an alarming increase in cardiovascular disease burden. It is important that the health care industry stakeholders join hands to ensure that we have the required number of clinicians skilled enough to deal with the situation while ensuring readiness on other fronts," Sangita Reddy, joint managing Director of Apollo Group, said. "I am convinced that this collaboration is the right step forward in this direction, keeping in mind the respective strengths of Medvarsity and ACC. Apollo and ACC will continue to work together on multiple opportunities to make a difference."
The American College of Cardiology is a 49,000-member medical society that is the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team. The mission of the College is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College operates national registries to measure and improve care, provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent qualifications. For more information, visit acc.org.
Apollo Hospitals is one of the largest integrated private healthcare groups across Asia with presence across tertiary care hospitals, primary and specialty clinics, day-care centres, pharmacies, diagnostics, telemedicine, wellness, health insurance, global projects consultancy as well as medical education and research. Over the past 3 decades, the Apollo Hospitals Group has continuously excelled and maintained leadership in medical innovation, world-class clinical services and cutting-edge technology. It has established itself as home to the largest cardiac practice in India with over 160,000 cardiac surgeries. It is also the world's largest private cancer care provider and runs the world's leading solid organ transplant program.
Apollo launched Medvarsity in the year 2000 with the aim of making quality education accessible to healthcare professionals across specialties and experience levels. It enables students, faculty and practitioners to participate in the virtual classroom, where they can interact with the global peer community and have access to knowledge, resources and techniques cutting across geographical barriers.