Time for Check-up? Try Start-up App for 'Direct' Doctor's Consultation

Published: 13th March 2016 05:11 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th March 2016 02:48 PM   |  A+A-

CHENNAI: Tired of waiting for specialist doctor’s appointment, travel and waiting? If yes, here is an online application ‘DocsApp’, which seamlessly connects you for online consultations and over 500-plus doctors are only a click away!

Believe it or not, you can chat or call the doctor of your choice within 30 minutes, get the lab tests done at home and even buy the prescribed medicine using this app. The brain child of two IITians of Madras – Satish Kannan and Enbasekar D, the DocsApp, a mobile health tech start up supported and recently incubated at IIT Madras Incubation Cell, has become an instant success with 60,000 patients from across the country downloading in their Android and iOS smart phones within few months of its launch.

DocsApp CEO & Co-founder Satish Kannan, who has a Bachelors and Masters degree from IIT Madras and previously worked with giants like Philips Healthcare, told Express in an interview that the idea took shape as a viable business model for simple reason that 72% of health issues are common illnesses and they do not require physical examination from a doctor. “So, DocsApp aims to capture the entire 72% patients, who can save lot of time, money and energy spent on waiting and travel. Patients can directly connect to the doctor for online consultation unlike our competitor Practo, who only fix you the appointment with the doctor”.

Apart from consultations, patients can also get diagnostic tests done at home and reports are automatically uploaded in the app. Currently, DocsApp provides consultation in Psychiatry, Dermatology, Gynaecology, General Medicine, Paediatrics and Sexology. “All our doctors are based in metro cities in India like Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Delhi and Mumbai. We do consultation from 6 am to 1 am and efforts are on to make it 24/7 healthcare service provider”, Mr. Satish said.

Aditya Patnaik, DocsApp sales head, says they will be integrating with 2,000 MD doctors by this year end, which means any patient logging-in will not go unattended. “We have already integrated with over 2,500 diagnostic laboratories. SRL diagnostics, Thyrocare and Protea health services are our business partners”.

Mumbai-based Gynaecologist Dr. Namarata Mishra, who is using DocsApp, said it was exciting and she get 150 patients every week. “The app allows us to show availability and we switch-off while during surgeries and treating other patients here. It’s very easy and we don’t treat emergencies and cases that need physical examinations”.

DocsApp USP

1.     Say no to Appointment, Travel and Waiting for doctor consultation.

2.     500 MD doctors just a click away.

3.     Apart from consultations, patients can also get diagnostic tests done at home. Round 2,500  labs   are  integrated.

4.     All you have to do is type your health problem in any Indian language and the DocsApp will get you a doctor for chat or call within 30 minutes.

5.     Also, book medicines using app and avail 10 percent discount.

6.     For International Women’s Day, DocsApp has offered consultation for Rs 8 for women.

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