While vacationing with friends in Hawaii, Amit Munjal(@amit_munjal) ended up with a health issue. At that moment, he realized the power of a Virtual doctor and understood that his skepticism about Tele Medicine was wrong. And that was the spark to his venture – Doctor Insta. While the Indian ecosystem with demarcations has multiple hierarchies, tiers and languages, Doctor Insta(@Doctorinsta) are making access to healthcare possible.
Amit has derived influences from his previous avatar as an investment banker and a management consultant. In this episode, he shares his passion for quality healthcare and how he has been transforming healthcare in India.
Listen to Amit talk about Doctor Insta, Healthcare and more.
Here are a few quotes that give a glimpse into the episode
Most of the doctors are concentrated in bigger cities because they want a better lifestyle and amenities for their family members and children, which unfortunately, the villages and tier 3 cities do not offer to them. So with virtual health care it doesn’t matter where you are at and even the villagers or the smaller cities where these doctors do not prefer to practice, now can seek the consultations of the doctors sitting in bigger cities.
We have around 3.5 million users in India, with 150 large companies which have taken Doctor Insta solution for their employees. And by that, what I mean is that, let’s say, Krishna, that you’re running a 50,000 people organization, then you say, you know what I care about my employee health, I care about my employees happiness, and lifespan and longevity, because one, it’s the right thing to do. Second, it’s also very inter linked to the productivity levels. Unhappy, unhealthy employees would not be as productive as happy and healthy employees in any organization.
Whereas in this journey of democratizing healthcare for everyone, anytime and anywhere, I’m in my own small way enabling the improvement of health care in our country. And there’s nothing better than a gift of good health that you can give to yourself or to others.
See some held true and some led to new discoveries in these realms. For example, in the past hour thing that people have phone and video as a medium to speak with the doctor, why would they choose chat? They may use chat for peripheral questions for the same doctor with whom they have consulted. Like Okay, so I had a consultation with Dr. Kumar, and I forgot to ask, how should I take this pill?
It took us like three to four months to build to get ok traction? Yeah, you know, as an entrepreneur, you are always second guess about the road not taken all the time. I still do it while doing Dr. Insta, but I’m very bullish, very hopeful, very optimistic about virtual healthcare.
Our credit is to say it in Steve Jobs language, you know, stay hungry, stay foolish. So, I was a little foolish not to realize that healthcare was three times harder and three times longer. If I’d known then I probably would have chosen something else. But in hindsight, I’m glad I did not know that at that point of time, because you know, no matter what you do in life, it does require a little bit of leap of faith and leap of faith could only happen to people who are not fully informed.
Amit’s leap of faith in healthcare has truly touched the masses and is continuing to do so.
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Do catch some words used in the episode through the word cloud