Mumbai: Nightingales Wellness Pvt. Ltd, one of India’s top home care companies and flagship of Vishal Bali-promoted Medwell Ventures group, has entered into a partnership with global medical technology leader Philips Healthcare to provide specialised home-based respiratory care services to Indian patients.
The home care services under the new partnership will be made available in metros and other large cities shortly, said a senior Medwell Ventures executive on Tuesday.
Respiratory disorders are growing at an alarming rate in India. At least 100 million Indians suffer from some level of respiratory diseases, including 5% to 15% of the population in metros, according to latest industry estimates.
Bangalore-based Nightingales will take its speciality home services for respiratory distress patients to an advanced level by making respiratory gadgets such as non-invasive ventilator (NIV) and oxygen concentrator from Philips, available to the patients at their homes.
It will also provide respiratory therapists and speciality nurses in pulmonology, trained by Philips as per global protocols to work in sync and provide effective treatment support to the patient.
Under new partnership, patients will also be registered at a Philips call centre where patient data will be stored. It will support patient education, promoting healthy behaviour and self-care, leading to improved clinical outcomes.
“The escalating incidence of respiratory disorders and the need for continuous specialized care in many cases makes home-based respiratory-care services an indispensable aspect of disease management,” said K.S. Satish, a leading pulmonologist.
According to World Health Organisation, more than 65 million people across the globe have moderate to severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD, a major cause of morbidity and mortality around the world. It is one of the main causes of recurrent hospitalisations with a 25% readmission rate making it an expensive disease to treat.
In India there are estimated 30 million patients with COPD, a figure that is on the rise because of under-diagnosis, poor continuity of treatment and inappropriate care at home.
“Our association with Philips marks a giant stride forward in home-based respiratory healthcare services offered in India,” said Lalit Pai, chief executive officer, Nightingales.