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Metropolis to invest Rs.100 crore to enhance footprint pan India

Laxmi Yadav, Mumbai
Thursday, August 17, 2017, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

With an aim to provide quality laboratory services to the people across the country, Metropolis Healthcare, a global chain of pathology labs and diagnostic centres, has announced its plan to invest Rs.100 crore to open 20 laboratories and add 1,000 collection centres pan India including metro cities like Mumbai, Chennai and Delhi over the next 18 months.

With this, Metropolis will have 2,500 collection centres and 170 labs in the country by early 2019. Of Rs.100 crore, Rs.25-30 crore will be spent on building IT infrastructure for upcoming labs and collection centres in northern, southern and western parts of the country so that patients can get quality lab services. We are also exploring opportunity in Tanzania, Africa to start healthcare centres. As of now Metropolis has centres in Sri Lanka, Kenya, Mauritius, Zambia and Ghana, said CEO of Metropolis Vijender Singh.

He added that out of 1,000 collection centres, 500 centres will be in Mumbai. The city currently has 500 collection centres, of them, 400 centres were added over last 12-15 months. Equipped with state of the art facilities, Metropolis offers 4,500 medical tests which is the highest in the country. Our aim is to provide world class lab services in shortest possible time. Maintaining quality standards with lesser turnaround time is very crucial to gain customers' confidence, said Singh.

With existing 150 labs, 1,500 collection centres and 120 pathologists in 400 Indian cities and Asian and African countries, the diagnostic chain caters to 6 million people every year. It has also taken up research and development extensively to cater to vastly unmet diagnostic needs of Indian patients. Around 2-3 per cent of its revenue goes to R&D every year.

Besides increasing collection centres and labs, Metropolis has also embarked on diversification of its service range and is all set to introduce digital pathology and genomic testing soon.

Digital pathology is an image-based environment enabling the acquisition, management and interpretation of pathology information generated from a digitized glass slide. A scanner is used for digitizing glass slides. Digitized images also eliminate the need to go to the glass archive when looking for a previously prepared slide. In addition, while glass slides can be broken or lost, a digital image will always be stored in the correct place and thus be easily found. Digitized images can be shared to patients and clinicians across the globe. Currently its undergoing validation which will end this month, said Dr Kirti Chadha, Head, Metropolis global reference laboratory in Vidyavihar, Mumbai.

Metropolis will become the first lab in the country to launch digital pathology. It is also going to introduce image analysis for certain tests. For this, it is exploring opportunity to collaborate with IBM Watson.

Metropolis is planning to make Vidyavihar global reference lab sub-specialty pathology centre. Currently, it has five sub-specialty centres including GastroMet, a specialised division that works towards diagnosis of gastroenterology and hepatology, Neurouno, a specialised division that works towards neuro diagnostic excellence, Oncomet, a specialised division dedicated towards cancer diagnosis, a cardiac disorder diagnostic centre and kidney disorder diagnostic centre.

We are planning to have a specialty centre for every disease in coming years. As of now we offer sub-specialty tests in collaboration with American Board of Certified pathologists and other experts. We are working on developing in-house capacity to offer such tests which will reduce diagnostic cost considerably, said Dr Chadha.

Metropolis has also launched Medengage programme, a medical talent outreach program that has been conceived to nourish and nurture upcoming medical talent. Our aim is to share the experience and expertise of over 37 years in the field of laboratory medicine with medical students to empower them with resources and help them in medical research. Mumbai based KEM Hospital is set to tie-up with Metropolis by August this year to help medical students get lab exposure. We are planning to collaborate with other government hospitals in this regard, she said.

 

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