India ranks at a dismal 145th in quality and accessibility of health services globally where as many as one-third of the deaths are preventable with timely communication about and availability of medicine. But this is going to change as Medicus, a unique app-based solution, aims to utilise the flourishing digital landscape in India to connect all the stakeholders in the healthcare sector — doctors, pharmaceutical companies, social sector organisations, medical association and Government bodies — to ensure that people in remote areas can access round-the-clock and quality health services.
The start-up, currently connects over 40,000 doctors to more than 18,000 pin codes across the country.
“Doctors can access healthcare news, new medicines, industry trends, peer opinions and discuss their clinical challenges with other doctors on this platform. They can also access an exclusive digital medical library where they can compare the medicines online and choose the best one for their patient. For a new medicine not yet available at their location, doctors can connect with the pharma companies for samples through the app, which is a crucial enabler of access to new medicine and reduce dependence on medical representatives. Doctors will be able to share their feedback with the manufacturing companies directly. We are very careful about the security of patient data and other sensitive information that might be available on the app and have robust security measures in place to make it foolproof and reliable,” Bhavesh Shah, founder of Medicus, said.