Hyderabad: A digital healthcare services platform, DocOnline, which began it operations in Hyderabad four months back with about $1 million funding from Swedish investors, is planning to take it services to Pune this week and five more States by next year.
The platform aims to increase access to doctor consulting services at lower costs for better patient outcomes. DocOnlineis is a virtual platform that gives access to doctor consulting services. Users get easy and quick access to a certified doctor at the general physician level irrespective of where they are located. Conceptualised in December 2016 with operations rolling out in June this year with an investment of $1 million through private venture funding.
The company has roped in 20 doctors in Hyderabad and achieved subscriptions of 15,000 so far. At the formal launch of the services of the company, Jayesh Ranjan, principal secretary to Government of Telangana, IT, said, “This initiative will provide access to people in remote areas. This will also benefit working professionals in cities where reaching a hospital and meeting a doctor in person becomes cumbersome. Government healthcare system could also be benefited by such platforms. Telangana government could look at the possibility of working with the company if such services could be offered to people in its departments.”
Speaking at the launch, Markus Moding, CEO, DocOnline said, “Today in an age where people are hard-pressed for time and instances of personal wellbeing neglect is on the rise, it becomes imperative to offer quick and efficient services that can be availed from the comfort of one’s home – or anywhere else. Individuals must wake up to this impending scenario that unless their basic healthcare takes priority, it becomes challenging to lead effective lives.
DocOnline has launched its services for the B2C category where an individual can avail unlimited consultation services at an introductory price of Rs 700 per month that covers up to three family members.
The platform allows one to reach a doctor either through audio (calling), video or chat (app) and connects the patient at the general physician level thus aiming to bring in preventive care. The wide option of reaching a doctor makes it possible for anyone with a simple feature phone to a smartphone to avail the DocOnline offering. Users are required to download the app and have the option of booking a consultation either through video or audio.
All doctors on board are MCI (Medical Council of India) certified with a minimum experience of five years and are available six days a week for 12 hours a day. Based on prescriptions, if any medicine or diagnostic test or test kit is required, the same can be delivered to one’s home or office. Users or patients also have the option of maintaining their health record on the app which can be accessed anywhere.