MediBuddy is helping to remove the barriers that prevent people in India from accessing healthcare through telemedicine.
India’s doctor-patient ratio is significantly lower than the World Health Organisation’s recommended ratio of 1:1000. Combined with poverty and lack of accessible resources, receiving adequate healthcare for India’s large population can be difficult. This is especially true during the Covid-19 pandemic, when restricting movement and encouraging social distancing are the best defences against spreading the virus.
India is relying on advancements in healthcare technology to remove the barriers preventing people from accessing healthcare. MediBuddy is one of the businesses making that happen by providing remote healthcare. If the patient can access an internet connection, they can consult with a doctor online, have medications prescribed, and book lab tests.
Patients sign onto the platform, choose their health concern, ask their question, and are then paired with a doctor for a video consultation. Appointments can be arranged in 48 hours. If the patient requires a consultation with a specialist, such as a gynaecologist or a paediatrician, they will be matched with one. During the consultation, the doctor can answer questions, provide care advice, make a diagnosis, order lab tests if needed, and prescribe medication to the patient. Their gold program allows unlimited consultations for up to six family members for a flat monthly or yearly subscription fee.
MediBuddy isn’t alone in improving healthcare access in India through technology. iKure has numerous digital solutions to help stretch resources further, and HopeQure offers online mental health support.