Welch Allyn Inc. (Welch Allyn), a US based medical devices company, has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with BPL Healthcare, a division of BPL Ltd. Under the terms of the MOU, BPL Healthcare will serve as a Welch Allyn master distributor, putting the company closer to its prospective customers and better positioning it to provide innovative products that meet the growing needs of healthcare professionals in that part of the world.
“BPL Healthcare has one of the most comprehensive service and delivery systems in India,” said Con Hickey, senior vice president, Asia Pacific, at Welch Allyn. “The strategic alliance between Welch Allyn and BPL provides us with a tremendous opportunity to tap into a ready and reliable network to support sales, service and logistics for our products. It will allow us to further broaden our reach in a country that has one of the largest and fastest growing healthcare sectors in the region.”
On the occasion of signing the MOU with Welch Allyn, Ajit Nambiar, chairman and managing director of BPL Ltd., said “BPL’s focus on diagnostic products for the point of care will only drive healthcare costs down and make modern healthcare facilities available to the masses.” On launching the e-Clinic, Mr. Nambiar said “such a show-and-tell demonstration facility will showcase global trends of a greatly empowered and connected General Practice (GP) clinic. The e-Clinic will represent a new paradigm as an integrated point-of-care or primary healthcare center.”
“General physicians can play a very significant role in the healthcare of the country where the greater part of the population remains untouched by the developments in medical sciences,” added Simha. “With the focus that is being brought in by the BPL and Welch Allyn partnership, the ubiquitous GP will have better access to safer, more reliable diagnostic devices and services. With our Pan-India reach, we hope to bring at least 25,000 new doctors into our fold every year.”