One thing which we the urban nomads neglect the most is being healthy. Don’t we? It is taken for granted until sickness shows up on our doorstep, knocking heavily. And when the sickness knocks, a lot of us tend to use medications by ourselves without consulting a doc or visiting a hospital because of lack of time and resources. With today’s hustle bustle, people do not have the time to spend hours at a hospital waiting for their turn to come. In such a case, JustDoc is a timely saviour.
This gap was realised by Jugal Anchalia and Abhishek Kumar, two IITians who themselves neglected their health issues because of their busy schedule. They thought to themselves, now that everything is mobile and on phones, why can’t they visit a doctor on phone or get medication on phone? With this spark in mind, the duo started JustDoc, a digital healthcare platform that offers online video as well as audio consultations with well-qualified doctors. The company aims to connect people from all across the globe with doctors from giants like Apollo or Fortis, to provide an unbiased and efficient solution to their health-care problems without spending a long time standing in the queues at the hospital(and avoiding your fellow inmate’s germs). The company has launched the platform within five different types of healthcare such as Gynecology, Dermatology, General Physician, Psychologist, and Sexologist.
But things weren’t easy for the duo when they started off. There were a lot of challenges that the company’s system faced which included poor internet services due to which the customers could not have a proper access to the video consultation process. However, It was the entrepreneur’s defiant nature which did not allow them to slow down at any instance. After meeting over 200 doctors in a span of a month, in 2015, Jugal and Abhishek launched JustDoc with an idea to digitally connecting the doctors and patients by establishing a trust between them and maintaining utmost transparency. At present, JustDoc receives over 1000 consultations every day from all across the globe. “JustDoc provides its customers with medicine deliveries, diagnostic services and collection of blood samples, all done leisurely at home. It treats customers with a proper diet regime and not just a prescription, unlike the other contemporary hospital services”, says Jugal.
As the next steps, JustDoc plans to develop an environment similar to that of a hospital along with all the facilities but the only difference will be that everything will be available via a digitised platform enabling people to put their valuable time to a better use. The mission is to send out help to even the smallest of towns across the country and not just metropolitans. The platform has also been focussing to extend their services during natural calamities. During natural calamities, when there aren’t enough resources for treatment, Justdoc would play a crucial role in serving the underserved victims. During the Chennai Floods, JustDoc already helped thousands of patients in their road to recovery. JustDoc also recently got acquired by online pharmacy Giant – NetMeds.
Someone truly said that social entrepreneurs play the role of change agents in the society by creating and sustaining a social value, recognising and relentlessly pursuing new opportunities to serve their mission by engaging in a continuous process of innovation and learning with the limited resources in hand and the IITian duo are doing exactly that by combining health and entrepreneurship.
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