Have you ever thought of consulting a doctor in the comfort of your living room rather than googling piles of healthcare junk? The idea of a virtual doctor will be a little unfamiliar, but it surely comes with some extra perks. And, trying to acquaint you with the concept is Connect2MyDoctor.com, an online platform that connects doctors and patients through video consultations. “Today we search online for any health-related queries but what appears on screen is not curated information. What one sees may not be relevant to them, so it’s not safe to assume anything. With Connect2MyDoctor, specialist doctors are available a few clicks away and you will be able to make payments in over 131 different currencies worldwide,” says Pramod Kutty, CEO and Co-Founder.
Apart from video consultations, Connect2MyDoctor allows users to store health records and other information in one secure server. “We ensure that the records are accessible anytime, anywhere enabling you to share them with your doctors. Most of the similar start-ups are into doctor listing, ask a doctor, booking offline appointments, booking lab tests, online medication purchase etc. The solution we offer allows patients to search, book and consult via video with the doctor, thereby ensuring the opportunity to build an active doctor-patient relationship,” he adds.
Though it’s an easy and hassle-free option, the virtual clinic is not ideal for all medical conditions. “It’s not a platform for critical ailments, but you can take follow-up appointments and have second opinions and post-operative discussions,” he says. He adds that Connect2 MyDoctor.com is not a substitute for in-clinic consultation, but a complementary service. “While booking an appointment the patients upload their medical reports and other treatment related information. Consultation is as accurate as the information provided by the patient during the consultation. It is finally up to the doctor to decide if they are comfortable to address the particular case online or invite the patient to the clinic for further investigation. Connect2MyDoctor is built to handle non-critical medical problems. One should not use the service if you are experiencing a medical emergency of any sort,” he adds.
The procedure is totally simple as you can sign in anytime and book an appointment. “That means you can avoid waiting for hours in clinics when consulting a specialist doctor. And, here you have access to specialists like psychologists, infertility specialists, speech therapists and psychiatrists. It’s also ideal for people who require special care needs and geriatric care,” he adds.
Connect2MyDoctor.com was launched just a month back and Pramod says the overall feedback has been really great.
“Patients have started getting registered and figuring out their way into the system,” he says. There are doctors from 16 specialisations like Gynecologists, Paediatricians, Cardiologists, IVF Specialists, Urologists, Andrologists, Dentists, and Diabetologists. “You can also consult Ayurveda and Homeopathy doctors online. We are currently available on the web, the mobile apps are under development and will be available soon,” he says.