The digital healthcare ecosystem, MyHealthcare is helping Healthcare Sector in fighting COVID-19
The fight with the COVID-19 pandemic is continuing in most of the countries all over the world. In India, with the second wave, the number of corona cases are increasing quickly. Shortage in critical-care beds, oxygen, other equipment, delays in testing and hospitals turning away critical positive patients have compelled companies and startups to step into the healthcare sector.
A Gurugram-based health tech startup is trying to solve the grievances of hundreds of families. To help healthcare workers in monitoring COVID-19 patients with mild to moderate symptoms, Shayyto Raha along with the help of Aneesh Nair and Divya Laroyia founded MyHealthcare in 2020. It has been set up by Artemis Hospital, Gurugram. It was launched with the motive of boosting easy accessibility to the healthcare sector. It helps in connecting hospitals, doctors and patients online. They have also collaborated with hospitals like Fortis, BLK and Nanavati for virtual consultations with doctors. They have also partnered with diagnostic centres like Lal Path Labs to help patients book tests and avail online pharmacies like 1mg.
It works with hospitals, clinics, doctors, caregivers and improves the patient care continuum processes. A data-driven care process aims to fill the healthcare delivery gap. It helps hospitals and clinics in building out and escalating their digital healthcare roadmap.
According to Shayyto, the biggest obstacle for India in the coming weeks is going to be the unavailability of healthcare professionals to treat patients.
“We have been observing a lack of beds, oxygen, and facilities. However, in the coming weeks, the biggest obstacle to conquer will be the availability of doctors. In those times, we require technological interventions to set up remote monitoring or care of patients in their homes. Our home healthcare solution will allow hospitals to manage thousands of patients remotely from a single command centre.” Shayyto Raha shared.
It provides services like consultation, diagnostics, health monitoring, preventive health, etc. These services by MyHealthcare startup lend a hand to India in fighting COVID-19.
It collects important medical and personal details of patients using mobile phones, and the data is merged with some measuring instruments like blood pressure machines, ECG, etc. It ensures that the solution is only built for the patients with mild and moderate symptoms, who are asked to stay in home isolation. In severe and extreme cases, the patients are always guided to get admitted to the hospital. Once the patients submit a prescription stating the allowance of home quarantine/isolation from their doctors, then only patients are taken on board with MyHealthcare.
“The necessary details of patients are collected through mobile apps and can be accessed by a single command centre at hospitals and clinics. In case of any abnormalities and emergencies, the platform will alert the doctors. So that they can quickly check the patient over a video or audio call and take the required actions.” he said.
We are currently working on designing a digital thermometer and AI-based Optical Character Recognition (OCR) solution. It will enable them to scan digital thermometer and pulse oximeter readings and record the data on the mobile app. For remote monitoring the data would be provided to healthcare workers.” he said. Dr Devi Shetty, a cardiac surgeon also said “the next challenge for India will be the shortage of doctors and nurses to treat patients” in a virtual event organised by Symbiosis International (Deemed University).
India has always struggled when it comes to healthcare infrastructure. The COVID-19 pandemic made an addition to our struggles and widened the gap. Startups like MyHealthcare would be a great help in such difficult and life taking situations.