Amongst the several startup streaks in India, the social and entrepreneurial impact in healthcare and medical services perhaps has shown the best progress and growth in the nation in terms of feasibility and practical application.
Healthcare startups in the country have had quite an impactful run and are seemingly redefining healthcare. And while most startups are making the urban healthcare-sphere more accessible, some startups are even making health a hassle-free service in the less prosperous parts of the country. Not to mention, the scale of the services provided also make the space relatively sweeter – in terms of long-term monetary assessments.
However, that is not the only reason or scope of service for several of these startups. For instance, Practo’s model bases itself on its ability to connect doctors and provide a semblance of order to the healthcare sector in the country – which up until now still is devoid of any covert contract or organization. Similarly, Lybrate helps patients find doctors near their location, and connect with them instantly. The services by startups of a similar business model has gathered traction in urban India.
Apart from the ‘classic healthcare services’, the larger trend in preventive healthcare and emergency services is also picking up pace and gathering interest in India.
In addition to a plethora of services offered by common-purpose healthcare startups, the social impact of the EMS startups can be gauged by the sheer scale of their services. For instance, 2 major startups, MUrgency and Ziqitza, are working in the field of emergency medical services are already making headway in providing comprehensive emergency care in India. Surprisingly, both the startups are co-founded by Sweta Mangal.
Murgency for example works on timely medical assistance provides personalized Airport Assistance Services in 626 Airports in 136 Countries. In addition to Murgency, Ziqitza, which was formerly headed by Sweta Mangal also works on Emergency medical services, helping people in critical medical conditions in the hinterlands of India.
The work in healthcare still needs to pick pace. Despite the current predicament, the government in tandem with private initiatives could help bolster the country’s health while strengthening the medical infrastructure.