Varian Medical Systems has signed an educational partnership agreement with Apollo Hospitals Group, the largest hospital chain and Asia’s foremost healthcare service provider, in India, to introduce a programme that will help train radiation technologists in the country.
The collaboration was signed by Dr Prabakar, CEO of Apollo Knowledge and Ashok Kakkar, MD, Varian Medical Systems.
The programme aims to provide skilled training for radiation therapists and medical physicists. Students and will be trained using web-based content from international universities and advanced simulation tools that reproduce a complete radiotherapy centre clinical workflow. Training emphasises the acquisition of skills to enhance the employability of the student as well as the quality and safety of radiotherapy treatments.
In the first radiotherapy partnership of its kind between industry and a care provider in India, Varian will deploy its Access to Care programme by leveraging the existing Apollo knowledge network that comprises of several educational entities in the healthcare space in India. Access to Care is a programme that seeks to bridge the gap between the growing need for modern radiotherapy treatment machines in developing countries and the lack of trained personnel to operate them.
“The world is seeing an alarming increase in cancer 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. This collaboration is the right step forward in this direction, keeping in mind the respective strengths of Apollo and Varian. Apollo and Varian will continue to work together on multiple opportunities to make a difference,” said Dr Prabakar, CEO, Apollo Knowledge.
Speaking on the need for early detection of cancer, Dr Prathap C Reddy, chairman and founder, Apollo Group, said that India is constantly raising the benchmark in clinical excellence globally and with this growing expertise comes more expectation from patients. With advanced technology coming in to tackle the looming problem of non-communicable disease like cancer early detection, diagnosis and timely treatment is a priority. This will be possible only with access to skilled medical professionals trained on a regular basis to be hired at healthcare centres. Therefore this is partnership between Apollo Group and Varian is a sure step towards offering timely yet advanced care to cancer patients in India.