Bangalore, March 3, 2023 – Indian Space Research Organisation, conferred the prestigious Award of Recognition, to the Emergency Medicine Department of Apollo Hospitals Bangalore; in recognition of its long contribution in developing the HEALTH QUEST, patient safety protocols for emergency departments. Shri S. Somnath, Chairman, ISRO and Secretary, Department of Space, Government of India; presented the award to Dr. Venkatesh A N, Head of Emergency Medicine, Apollo Hospitals, Bangalore and Immediate Past President of Society for Emergency Medicine India, Dr Manish Mattoo, CEO of Apollo Hospitals, Karnataka Region and the Emergency Team of the Apollo Hospitals, Bangalore; at the ISRO Headquarters, Bangalore.
HEALTH QUEST (Health Quality Upgradation Enabled through Space Technology) is a collaborative project of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO); Association of Healthcare Providers India (AHPI) and the Society for Emergency Medicine India (SEMI). These zero error emergency medicine protocols, will serve as the Standard Operating Procedures for emergency departments of hospitals, across India.
Apollo Hospitals, Bangalore; has been accredited to provide expert inputs as well as implement the final patient safety standards successfully. It is also been commended for best performing hospital in all Phases of study.
“ISRO space scientists and emergency medicine specialists; had several rounds of brainstorming since 2017, to explore adopting ISRO’s zero error principles into emergency medicine. Together we were able to integrate the best practices from both space technology and healthcare domains to make emergency department care safer and better for our patients” says Dr. Venkatesh, Head of Emergency Medicine, Apollo Hospitals, Bangalore and Immediate Past President of Society for Emergency Medicine India and the Emergency Team of the Apollo Hospitals, Bangalore.
These Heath QUEST recommendations were adopted by collaborating hospitals across the country including Apollo Hospitals, Bangalore, and have benefitted immensely with immediate improvement in overall patient care. The next version of the recommendations will be made available to all hospitals in India, on completion of the current implementation in select hospitals.