HISTORY OF EMS
Early Emergency Medical Services was started in late 1990’s mostly by some of the reputed hospitals in major cities i.e. Hyderabad, Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, Pune and Bangalore. To mention few of those institutes, Apollo hospitals, Hyderabad had started an emergency response system called National Network of Emergency Services with a common access number 1066. SRMC started EMS in Chennai with 4001234. DMS Pune started EMS with a common access number 105. As a national capital city of Delhi also privilege to have CATS EMS in the form of 102.
Along with emergency services initiatives, it happened to start educational programs for ambulance crew called EMT’s and Paramedics mainly coached by Emergency Physicians.
In 2005 August 15th first ever in India a community based emergency medical services with common access number 108 by EMRI supported by Sathyam foundation. Initially it was started in five cities in the combined states of AP and Telangana with 30 ambulances. Within few years revolutionarily expanded throughout many other states, as one of the most successful model in public and private partnership. In 2009 GVK Foundation came forward to take over EMRI and transformed as GVK EMRI and approx. Currently GVK EMRI serving 60% of Indian population.
Other familiar EMS organizations ZHL and BVG were also providing prehospital emergency services in few other states in India.