Doc­tor In­sta makes vir­tual clinic a re­al­ity in In­dia

Doc­tor In­sta has es­tab­lished a pan-In­dia pres­ence with con­sul­ta­tions ren­dered to the most re­mote part of the coun­try.

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Doc­tor In­sta has es­tab­lished a pan-In­dia pres­ence...

Telemedicine, which is the com­bi­na­tion of med­i­cal sci­ence and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy (IT), has cre­ated wide op­por­tu­ni­ties for de­liv­er­ing im­proved health care. The In­ter­net now plays a crit­i­cal role in en­abling and pro­vid­ing cost-ef­fec­tive, in­stant and af­ford­able health­care to a widely dis­persed pop­u­la­tion in In­dia. Catch­ing up among other key market play­ers in the telemedicine sec­tor in In­dia is Gurgaon-head­quar­tered Doc­tor In­sta that prom­ises to bring doc­tors in­stantly through video-con­fer­enc­ing and on­line chat bots for con­sul­ta­tions at a pa­tient’s doorstep.

Amit Mun­jal, the brain be­hind Doc­tor In­sta has had pre­vi­ous stints at dif­fer­ent for­tune 50 Companies at CXO level. Out of his solid ex­pe­ri­ence in en­trepreneur­ship, he knew that he was not mak­ing a mis­take in re­turn­ing to In­dia from US to set-up Doc­tor In­sta. Pre­vi­ously, he has held se­nior po­si­tions at Citi Hold­ings USA, Bank of Amer­ica-Mer­rill Lynch, Deloitte Con­sult­ing and John­son Cen­ter of En­trepreneur­ship and In­no­va­tion & Kauff­man Foun­da­tion.

“The idea to set up Doc­tor In­sta oc­curred when I used a sim­i­lar ser­vice while be­ing on a re­mote is­land of Hawaii and the video con­sul­ta­tion solved my prob­lem right away sav­ing me plenty of time and money. So, I wanted to launch a sim­i­lar ser­vice in In­dia for the over­all wellbeing of peo­ple and for bring­ing ‘On-De­mand’ pre­ven­tive and cu­ra­tive health­care to ev­ery­one’s doorsteps,” ex­plains 39-year-old Mun­jal.

“I moved to In­dia in Jan­uary 2015 and started work­ing on this idea along with Dr Par­shant Jain. We hired 4 peo­ple who helped us in de­vel­op­ing the apps and the web­site. I in­vested my own sav­ings. It took us few months to cre­ate the prod­uct and con­duct the al­pha and beta test­ing be­fore for­mally launch­ing our ser­vices in 2015,” says Mun­jal.

Par­shant Jain is the Chief Health Of­fi­cer of Doc­tor In­sta. He has more than 16 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in di­verse fields like prac­tic­ing medicine and pro­vid­ing man­age­ment con­sult­ing to tech­nol­ogy companies and star­tups.

En­abling vir­tual doc­tors-on-de­mand

With just over a year in the field, Doc­tor In­sta has quickly es­tab­lished a pan-In­dia pres­ence with con­sul­ta­tions ren­dered to the most re­mote part of the coun­try. Mun­jal jus­ti­fies that Doc­tor In­sta will cre­ate waves in the in­dus­try as in this fast paced world, beat­ing traf­fic and other or­deals to get to con­sult a doc is quite an up­hill task for worka­holics as well as ge­ri­atrics. Be­sides, most pa­tients, espe­cially those that ap­proach a physi­cian with

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