Telehealth has the potential to provide improved access to and continuity of care and treatment, but can also transform how health systems respond to chronic workforce shortages in hospitals.

Navigating the future for hospitals

The coronavirus crisis provided a new context for the use of digital health solutions in the delivery of hospital-based care, and the widespread use of telehealth helped mitigate the impact of COVID-19 in critical care. This Special Interest Group, in partnership with Apollo Hospitals Group, India, examines where hospitals go from here - what role can telehealth play in improving quality and access of patient-centred, sustainable care?


To enable knowledge exchange and learning on the use of telehealth in hospitals, raising awareness amongst the IHF’s Members (and beyond) on the imperatives and advantages of harnessing digital technology in healthcare systems. Exploring how critical care providers have embraced the shift to virtual healthcare delivery to address patient and physician demand, the group will discuss the growing role of telehealth and where it can go from here.

Thought leadership

Expert knowledge to showcase the possibilities offered by virtual tools for healthcare delivery locally and to remote locations.

Expanding clinical capabilities

Cutting-edge examples of how critical care providers have harnessed telehealth in designing healthcare delivery of the future.

Pragmatic advice

Practical guides and case studies from subject matter experts around the globe on how to develop, implement, and evaluate a telehealth programme.

Spotlight on recent events

Telehealth outside the hospital setting: SIG meeting

On 16 May (15:00 – 16:00 CEST) experts from around the world will share their experiences on telehealth outside the hospital setting with a focus on regulations, standards, and the role of AI.

IHF Members with relevant expertise to share can contact Ilona Johnston to get involved.

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Driving global telehealth strategy and promoting access, equity and excellence to the IHF membership

At a recent Telehealth SIG meeting, Dr Sai Praveen Haranath gave a presentation on Apollo’s HealthAxis programme. An innovative HealthTech enterprise that harnesses the extensive clinical expertise and legacy of Apollo Hospitals to address the needs of global healthcare systems.

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New sponsor for the IHF Telehealth SIG announced at the Transforming Healthcare with IT conference!

The IHF is pleased to announce a new partnership with Apollo Hospitals Group, Asia’s foremost integrated healthcare service provider, to support the development of the Telehealth SIG in 2024. This SIG explores the imperatives and advantages of harnessing digital technology in providing remote healthcare. The collaboration was announced at the 11th Transforming Healthcare with IT conference in Bangalore in February, attended by Sonia Roschnik representing the IHF.

This SIG welcomes new members at our first meeting of 2024, focusing on ‘Managing Telehealth for inpatients outside the ICU’– join us on 18 March to hear experts from around the world share their experiences and learning, and contribute to the discussion. IHF Members with relevant expertise to share can contact Ilona Johnston to get involved.

Talking telemedicine and healthcare's carbon footprint

In this episode of our Talking Healthcare podcast, Ed Percy, HHS Vice President EMEA, Teladoc Health, sat down with Sonia Roschnik and Dr Hesham Abdelghaffar to shed light on the role of telemedicine in the transition to net-zero healthcare. They discussed opportunities, challenges, and practical implications for hospital leaders of using telemedicine to reduce the carbon footprint of their hospitals.

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The power of telehealth: How can it improve access to care?

In March 2022, we hosted a special webinar with the World Telehealth Initiative and the African Healthcare Federation. Sharing learnings and knowledge about how telehealth can be used to address disparities of access to care and medical expertise, you can catch up on the recording of the webinar in full here.

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Designing and implementing sustainable and successful telehealth programmes in acute care

From July to December 2022, we are hosting a series of free, interactive “lunch and learn” workshops. Providing practical guidance on how to establish a sustainable telehealth programme, the focus is on acute care. The workshops were developed in collaboration with Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin  and Mayo Clinic. Find out more about the programme and register for upcoming workshops here.

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Governed by a Steering Committee, the Telehealth Special Interest Group is accountable to the International Hospital Federation Governing Council and is responsible for reporting to the IHF Secretariat. Further information on the role of the SIG Steering Committee can be found in its Terms of Reference.

Indonesian Hospital Association, Indonesia

Anis Faud

Head of Informatics Division

Apollo Hospitals and Apollo eACCESS TeleICU Service, India

Dr Sai Praveen Haranath

Senior Consultant, Pulmonology and Critical Care; Medical Director

Dr Sai Praveen Haranath is a pulmonary and critical care physician at Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad, India and is also a founding member of the Apollo...

Apollo Hospitals and Apollo eACCESS TeleICU Service, India

Dr Sai Praveen Haranath

Senior Consultant, Pulmonology and Critical Care; Medical Director

Dr Sai Praveen Haranath is a pulmonary and critical care physician at Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad, India and is also a founding member of the Apollo eACCESS programme which provides teleICU services around India. He graduated from Madras Medical College and then went to the USA where he spent over 15 years specializing in internal medicine, pulmonary and critical care medicine (and is American Board Certified in these fields). He also obtained a Masters in Public Health and is a Fellow and member of the Board of Regents of the American College of Chest Physicians. He returned to India in 2011 to pursue his lifelong desire to raise the standard of Indian and global healthcare through the ethical practice of excellent medicine. He has been interested in managing tobacco and smoking addiction for several years and was also selected to attend the Johns Hopkins Global Tobacco Leadership Program in 2016. Innovation and creation of value in healthcare technology is a daily mission and he currently mentors several healthcare startups. In February  2018 he was invited as a TEDx speaker and spoke about remote critical care and likewise to the NHS in 2021. He has been active in the COVID pandemic contributing strategic thought for ventilator resources, remote care of COVID patients and coordinating clinical resources.

Apollo Hospitals

Prof. Ravi Prakash Mahajan CBE

Director, Critical Care Integration and Transformation, Apollo Hospitals Group, India

Director, Research and Innovation, Apollo Hospitals Group, India

Professor Emeritus, University of Nottingham, UK

Professor Ravi is a leader in UK Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, more recently as President, Royal College of Anaesthetists. His important international portfolios include Editor in Chief of the British Journal of Anaesthesia (2012-2016); Council member, Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) since 2007; Chairman Safety and Quality Committee, European Society of Anaesthesiology (2012-2016); Chairman, Ethics Committee, Nottingham University (2016-2019); Vice President, Royal College of Anaesthetists (2016-2018) and Medicolegal and Ethics Expert for the court of law in the UK.

He has well over 200 Peer-Reviewed International Publications, and has co-authored five textbooks, with his most recent work on Death, Religion and Law (

He has successfully established and led a number of international networks and organizations. These include Safe Anaesthesia Liaison Group (Founding Chairman SALG;; Safety Committee of European Society of Anesthesiology; National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia (Founding Board Member and Chairman NIAA;; and very recently the Centre for Perioperative Care (CPOC and International Academy of the Colleges of Anaesthesiology.

Professor Ravi's services to the field of medicine, with a long track record of International Leadership in improving patient care through Professional Standards, Quality Improvement, Education and Research, were recognised recently with the award of CBE (Commander of the order of British Empire) in 2022 Queen’s New Years Honour List of Great Britain and Commonwealth.

In his current positions at Apollo Hospitals Group, he has led the introduction and implementation of comprehensive connected care, a pioneering transformational program for health care delivery in India. He is responsible for bringing in innovative transformational initiatives which require extensive stakeholder engagement alongside interface between technology and medicine, and overseeing international projects from conception to complete roll-out. In addition, he is responsible for overseeing all the aspects related to Research and Innovation.

Tan Tock Seng Hospital

Dr Ravinder Singh Sachdev

Chief Clinical Informatics Officer

Dr Ravi Sachdev is a Senior Consultant Family Physician at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH), within the Department of Continuing and Community Care.  He previously managed the institution’s Post-Acute Care @Home (PACH) programme, and supported the development of the Virtual Hospital & Community Health programmes. He is Chairman of TTSH’s Telehealth Steering Committee, and is currently supporting TTSH’s Community Telehealth programmes.  He holds a Master’s degree in Health Informatics and is a Dell-EMC Certified Data Scientist.

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