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Thursday, February 6, 2014

HCL Corp forays into healthcare, launches India's first nation-wide networked multi-specialty clinics under HCL Avitas

HCL Corporation, the parent company of HCL Technologies and HCL Infosystems, has forayed into the healthcare sector with plans to be one of India's largest healthcare service providers. The new business entity, HCL Healthcare will address the entire spectrum of healthcare needs including providing healthcare delivery, innovative medical services, products and training to meet the growing need for quality healthcare.

Accordingv to Shiv Nadar, founder & chairman, HCL and Shiv Nadar Foundation, education, healthcare and technology will be the key enablers of India's future progress and growth. “Over the last 38 years, HCL has been at the forefront of technology and innovation. I have personally been committed to the cause of education through the Foundation for 20 years,” said Nadar adding that the company's entry into healthcare is an area of paramount national importance.

Kickstarting the venture, the company has launched a subsidiary called HCL Avitas in affiliation with Johns Hopkins Medicine International. Offering a of healthcare delivery offerings, HCL Avitas is positioned as India's first nation-wide networked multi-specialty clinics. The clinics will adopt global best practices for medical quality and training using evidence-based systems and integrating advanced technology to provide unmatched patient experience and outcomes.

Steven J Thompson, CEO, Johns Hopkins Medicine International, said, that HCL was a strong and trusted brand with a steadfast commitment to transform healthcare in India. “Together with HCL Avitas, we hope to establish a new paradigm in patient-centered care in India,” said Thompson.

HCL Healthcare observed that India has a shifting disease burden that is influenced by changing lifestyles and that this need is grossly underserved. “Our technology expertise and the ability to create scalable institutions will help us institute new benchmarks in healthcare delivery in India. Creating an organised technology-led health system that will be the long-term care partner is our immediate goal. HCL Healthcare intends to be that partner and provide patient-centered care for over 20 million people by 2020,” said Shikhar Malhotra, vice chairman, HCL Healthcare.

In the launch phase, HCL Avitas will establish a network of multi-specialty clinics across the country starting with the National Capital Region. Harish Natarajan, chief executive officer, HCL Avitas, said, “Technology is our strength – our clinics will all be networked giving patients access to their medical history and to the best specialists available in our system. Through our association with Johns Hopkins, we will bring in global best practices and the best evidence-based systems. In the next 5 years, we expect to have over 1500 doctors in our network across various cities in the country,” said Natarajan.

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