The online healthcare industry in India has taken a sudden boom with multiple players burgeoning in the sector. According to IBEF, the healthcare market in India was close to $100 Bn in 2015, it is expected to reach $280 Bn by 2020 at a CAGR of 22.9%. However, still a large portion of patients either neglect, or self–treat their medical problems, for multiple reasons, including the lack of availability of doctors in the neighbourhood. In fact, only 2.3 Bn consultations take place on average every year, as opposed to the expected estimate of 6.5 Bn.
To make healthcare consultation easily accessible to all patients, Jugal Anchalia (IIT, Kharagpur alumni), Abhishek Kumar (IIT, Roorkee alumni) and Vikash Singh (IIT, Kharagpur alumni) came together to launch a platform where patients could easily consult their problems with doctors just in few clicks.
The trio launched a video consultation startup, JustDoc, which today announced its seed funding from TracxnLabs, T.V.Mohandas Pai, Mohit Saxena from InMobi, Raghunandan G from TaxiForSure, Singapore Angel Network and others.
Launched in August 2015, JustDoc, connects patients and doctors over a video call for any medical consultation at any time of the day from over a 100 quality doctors from top hospitals such as like Apollo, Fortis, Manipal and AIIMS. Unlike Skype, while consulting on JustDoc, one doesn’t need to download any heavy desktop application. Apart from that other features like – online payment, ability to attach medical reports and fallback on mobile phone call (in case of poor internet connection) are also integrated in the system.
The startup is presently targeting five specialised areas which include General Medicine, Psychology, Gynaecology, Dermatology & Paediatrics. It plans to add more areas over the span of time. With its pan India presence, it is also providing patients in Tier II and Tier III cities an access to a lot of top doctors who are concentrated in metro cities.
“Many patients travel to big cities to access good doctors from Apollo, Manipal, Fortis and others. What if the patient gets to speak with the same doctor sitting at home. Around 70% of problems can actually be solved remotely without visiting a doctor for example – follow-up consultations, review on medical reports, most of the cases in Dermatology, Psychology, General Medicine etc,” Jugal said.