Vikram Sanghvi, Managing Director, Schiller
Cardiovascular diseases are a major public health concern in India and contribute to roughly 40 million deaths annually. Prevention programs are being sought to curb the rise in cardiovascular diseases, which are currently on the threshold of reaching epidemic proportions.
For the past 40 years, Schiller has been supporting cardiologists by providing state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment. Recognising the need for modern medical technologies in cardiology, Schiller India has partnered with Intermedical, Italy, to provide innovative solutions through its leading-edge technical offerings. The company plans to redefine the provision of cardiac care at an affordable price by launching state-of-the-art mobile cardiac cath lab machines in India to take technology to the patients and hospitals in Tier-II and Tier-III cities. The group with a mission to provide quality healthcare to every strata of the community, has launched the Mobile Cardiac Catheterization machine (Mobile Cath Lab) as a part of its mobile solutions.
Today, cardiac hospitals in India perform over 200,000 surgeries per year - one of the highest across the world. The growth of cardiovascular or heart diseases is dependent on a number of factors, which are interlinked such as age, changing lifestyles, inappropriate eating habits, and rapidly evolving socioeconomic determinants like access to healthcare or the lack of it. Currently, patients with heart disease in the semi-urban or rural areas have to travel long distances from their villages and towns along with an escort to seek treatment. Many times, these patients do not have access to suitable medical treatment due to deterring factors like the cost of travelling and staying in urban Tier-I cities where the treatment is carried out. This adds to the cost of treatment, due to which the patient or the family of the patient abandons the idea of getting proper treatment altogether. This results in an increase in morbidity and mortality of such patients. In several cases, the treatment offered to the patient is not correct, which also adds to the mortality rate and a long-term drain on resources.
Following the vision of our illustrious late president of India, APJ Abdul Kalam, to take technology to the doorstep of every Indian, Schiller India is working toward developing technical, management, and innovative approaches through new partnerships, new ways to involve different stakeholders in the process, new methods and tools to overcome resource restrictions, and improving effectiveness of monitoring techniques.