Years before pursuing his studies at IIT Bombay, Arpit Kothari, had started his entrepreneurship journey at not-for-profit organization, Samadhan, dedicated at providing healthcare to masses and Walnut India, startup in education space. At Samadhan, he partnered with diagnostic centers to make test services available to patients at affordable prices.
In a span of four years, from handling one patient a day during its initial days, the not-for-profit grew to over 400 patients a day and expanded to 15 centers in three cities. The not-for-profit also experimented with tele-services and consultation services, but could not scale it.
However, the existing variance between demand for quality labs across the cities as against the limited availability of certified labs inspired him to build HolaMed Healthcare Technologies (Medd). Arpit Kothari teamed up with fellow batch mates Anurag Mundhada and Akash Deep Singhal to pilot app at his hometown- Indore.
How It Works
“We are just a platform for booking and managing the diagnostic tests, but we work with best labs to offer 20%-70% of the cost and still get them tested at best quality labs,” shared Arpit Kothari.
Customers can login from their Medd app, search for the test labs and can fix an appointment. They can also request for a test at home. Once the test is done, the report will be send to the given phone number, following which the physical copy of the report is delivered to the address or can be collected from the lab.
Medd promises minimum standard quality for the labs. But like they say, quality is subjective, and this why Medd emphasizes on tying up with NABL certified and accredited labs that abide by the government set guidelines of operation and quality control. However, out of 400-500 labs operating in Mumbai, there are only 30 NABL labs.