Hyderabad-based healthcare company evaidya.com, a product of e Health Access Pvt Ltd, has raised additional funding of Rs 3.5 crore from existing investors and two new investors. The company intends to use the investment for the development of its technology. It claims to have a network of over 500 doctors and 40,000 clients across India and launched its app in April 2013.
Started in 2010 by Jayadeep Reddy as DialYourDoctor.com, providing voice consultation, the company later expanded to include other online services and re-branded itself as eHealth Access. Read our interview with Reddy.
The website currently offers online services such as doctor consultations, health record storage to individuals and offline services like diet management and stress management among others to corporate companies. The plans are priced between Rs 99 to Rs 2,499 per patient. The company also caters to companies. Consultations are via phone or mobile, or videoconferencing, chat and email. It’s worth noting that such businesses only helps in non-emergency situations, since they cannot take on the liability of emergency care.
eVaidya also has developed medical Kiosks to provide telemedicine services to customers, for which it claims to be in talks with the state Governments in setting-up Kiosks in rural areas. Some features of the kiosk mentioned on its website: Touch-based screens, video cameras, computers, printers, otoscope, stethoscope, BP apparatus, weighing scale, Glucose meter; it enables consultation with Doctors via audio, video, email and chat, allows Management of personal health records. The kiosk has a Health Practitioner assistance, and is a fully trained manned station.
Other players in online health: Doctorstime Health Services Private Limited operates Doctors Time, which offers various healthcare related services like online booking of doctor appointments, alerts for patients about their next doctor visit, and online storing of medical records like prescriptions and diagnostics reports among others.
Docsuggest is another company that aggregates information on doctors and hospitals which includes information like the doctors degree, experience, expertise, fees, and insurance options among others and collects feedback from patients, so that the upcoming patient has something to go by.
In February 2012, Getit Infoservices had integrated a doctor appointment service within its listings through a new feature called “Book an appointment-Doctors Module”.