9 healthcare startups from Pakistan you should know about
Arslan AliArslan Ali | @Arslan Ali November 8, 2015
Healthcare is a basic and essential human need. Whether a person is ill or not, regular health checkups are a good personal habit and a norm in a modern self-aware society. It is not only a sign that you care about your health and your life; it also increases your awareness about the medical issues you need to look out for!
The past century has seen a rampant growth in the healthcare sector modernizing the way this system works. Interdisciplinary research in the field of medicine has led people to explore the application of ICT in providing better care facilities to patients in terms of quality, timely treatment and early diagnosis with mobile technology leading the health care initiatives in the professional healthcare domain.This has started to attract monetary investments and technological developments in this vicinity and as a result, health care startups are getting huge funding throughout the globe.
For Pakistan, the recent startup drive has also sent some good vibes in the medical and pharmaceutical industry and the good thing is – the numbers of healthcare startups are rising!
Therefore, we decided to have a look at some of the promising startups which are purely related to this domain; the healthcare:
1. Health Wire:
Health Wire is an online portal for improving access to dental care for patients. After signing up for free, people can search and locate a dentist or dental clinic within their vicinity depending upon the treatment they seek. An appointment can be setup afterwards and patients can provide their reviews once they have visited the clinic.
E-NovatRX is a primary health care startup to prevent fraud or abuse of pharmaceutical purchases to insurance agencies and reduce medical errors caused by prescription illegibility. It has created a unique ID smart card, the technology behind which automates and digitizes the pharmaceutical chain, allowing for purchase restrictions to be applied, so that authorization of payment from employer to employee might only be on generics of medicines, dosage and quantity; not on non-medical items and window times for purchasing (such as monthly refills at specific times).
doctHERs is a startup whose main aim is to establish clinics in underserved areas across Pakistan.
Vitealth, is a startup which has a core product with the same name. Their main product is a health sensor watch which provides the information regarding vital signs by simple use of touch working like a personal health assistant to the wearer. Whether you are working, having a walk, doing exercise, driving or having your evening tea with your family, it helps you keep your vitals in check.
CareActions is an online portal aiming to revolutionize the healthcare process by connecting care seekers with their desired caregivers. It allows patients to get to the right caregiver for the right treatment by providing them with a list of health care professionals alongside their location, specialization and rate/consultation from their database. It is an easily accessible, convenient & 24/7 available service for people to book a meeting with their caregiver.
Sehat is an online pharmacy plus medical store with coverage all over Pakistan
Procheck is a pharmaceutical industry based portal serving as a three pack solution for its customers; an anti-counterfeiting application, a remote plant management solution for third party manufacturing assistance and a data analytic tool for sales force activities.
Trequant is a unique startup showcasing a wristwatch coupled with a monitoring device to assist patients with essential tremor (ET) disorder.
9. EzPz Sehat
EzPz Sehat is a portal created to make a collaborative base for doctors and patients. It allows patients to make an informed choice regarding their treatment using a range of the portal’s features such as the doctor’s contact details, qualifications and experience. The doctors can create their profiles on EzPz to update their patients about changes in their availability.
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