According to the industry reports, the healthcare sector in India was valued at $50 billion in 2011 and it is expected to get double by 2015. Also, healthcare providers in India are planning to spend Rs 5,700 crore on IT products and services in 2013. However, in the recent years, the sector has seen a shift in providing services from offline to online. Its been said that the online hospital market was estimated to touch $2 billion (Rs 10,860 crore) by 2015. Also, major hospital chains such as Max Healthcare, Apollo and Fortis are going online in a big way, to extend their operations into smaller towns and cities. This valuation have made many startups to bet their future in the health sector.
Here are some such startups which are trying to make a change along with improving awareness in the society with their innovative ideas.
1) Socialblood: Leveraging digital social networks to find novel ways to connect people for a noble cause
Social Blood is a social network that connects the blood donors and recipients of the same blood type using Facebook as an underlying medium. Founded by Karthik Naralasetty, this portal currently has thousands of potential blood donors and recipients to meet and potentially donate. It offers map-based integrated services so that one may know whom to approach and in the most convenient manner. It has all the benefits of a local blood bank. The online portal collects uses information while registration to sell advertising space on the site in order to keep the site free of charge.
2) Healthindya: Genuinely understands the traumas faced in times of crisis
Headquarters: New Delhi
Healthindya is established as an effort to improve medical communications to the healthcare, medical community and patients by maintaining efficient, accurate and timely service to the patients and their families. Yet to launch, this upcoming startup specializes in Healthcare practice management, Patient Health Record, Diagnostics and Labs and provides the facility of Live connect via web and phone.
3) Healthcaremagic.com: Get answers from Doctors 24×7 within seconds
An initiative of Kunal Sinha, the website was launched with an idea to transform how people approach their health and wellness. This online portal allows the users to have live chat with registered doctors over internet or phone 24×7 and also provides opinions of specialists such as cardiologists, Oncologists, Gynecologists, etc. for a small amount of fees.
“The portal is currently having an added network of 7000 doctors who can answer any query in less than 15 minutes for a fee upwards of Rs 600. While the doctors are paid Rs 100 or more for each query, we keep the rest. The few minutes it takes for a doctor to create his or her profile on our portal is a big incentive as the answer to every query is searchable when other people ask a similar question,” said Kunal Sinha, Founder, healthcaremagic.com.
The company also has tie-ups with three insurance companies Bajaj Allianz, ICICI Lombard and Reliance General Insurance. The person who takes the insurance , by default gets the services of the online portal, with all charges inclusive of the insurance premium.
4) NamasteDoc: Taking appointment with doctors is as easy as booking a movie ticket
Namaste.com provides a 24×7 service to find the nearby doctors and hospitals and book appointments with them from home or at work. It is a free online and telephonic service .
The company is focused on becoming a pan India service provider by 2014 with its first launch being in NCR in April 2012. This service not only helps the patients to find the right doctor, but it also helps the doctors to manage their schedule well. The company has got more than 8000 appointments in 3 months, as posted in a recent tweet.
5) Medecure.com: Making a difference in doctor visiting experience
An initiative of Ketan Raiyani, MedeCure offers an array of offline and online services/product. It is a completely free service where one can ask the registered physicians on the online portal any health-related query, schedule an appointment, get their e-health records, and get consulting advices from top specialists.
6) Bookmydoctor: A revolutionary solution in Healthcare space
Bookmydoctor is a portal where patients can book in advance their appointments online thereby saving their waiting time. At present, the company is providing this service through 4 channels:-
Automated token system(ATS) – Patients can send token request via SMS to know the earliest free slot. The patient and doctor are then updated via sms about the scheduled appointment.
Outsourced Tele Booking – Patients can book an appointment by calling on a toll free number. This number can also be used to confirm the appointment and to know the doctor’s number.
Internet Booking: A person can also take appointment online by logging on to the company website. It also provides the facility to Get listed on Doctorsbooking facebook App.
Appointment Management system (AMS): The AMS can be installed on the user’s system to fix and track all the appointments and to get customized reports.
7) Meetmydoctor: An Online Healthcare IT Service Company
MeetMyDoctor, an initiative of two technology industry experienced professionals, Prakash Hegde and Sampath Kuve, helps the patients in scheduling their appointments with the good doctors in the nearby locality. The team selects the doctors on the basis of their own research and also help doctors become better at their practice. The company representatives keeps a track record of the communication in order to provide appointment details and reminders there off.
8.) Sehat: Expert guidance to make the best health choices
Sehat.com foundation lies on providing credible health information and guidance to patients and help them in taking informed health decisions. Founded by Suresh Kanumuri, the portal is owned and operated by Dotlabs Web Solutions Pvt. Ltd. The users can ask questions to doctors, research hospitals and doctors and can also follow a lot of health information in the form of articles, slide shows, tips, news and other updates.
The group is also working on more internet and mobile based models in health space (Vaidya.com, Chikitsa.com) and plan to launch them by end of the year. Along with this, plans are there to launch Gurukul.com in education space, Manoranjan.com in entertainment, Gehna.com in Jewellery and Chunav.com in politics.