This Health App Gets Indians Connected With Medical Specialists In Just 30 Minutes
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Aiming to tackle the severe shortage of specialist doctors in India, the 27-year olds behind the DocsApp platform promise a consultation with a doctor within 30 minutes of logging on to their app (with a little AI help).
DocsApp cofounders Satish Kannan and Enbasekar D graduated from IIT Madras in 2012, both on a fast track, completing undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering. While Kannan went off to work as an engineer for Philips Healthcare, where he says he witnessed how the medical industry works from the inside, Enbasekar cut his teeth working on machines to diagnose diabetic retinopathy.
The university friends quickly realized that there was a problem with the healthcare system in India. There weren’t enough doctors.
India faces a severe shortage of doctors, with around 150,000 specialists available to meet the needs of a billion strong population. Eighty percent of doctors in the country are located in major urban centers, where only 28% of the population resides.