India might be well on its way to achieving the WHO’s prescribed doctor-patient ratio of 1:1000 but access to quality healthcare still eludes many due to the skewed distribution of trained medical specialists. And it will take some time for the situation to improve, so there is a need to maximize reach, despite these constraints. Using technologies such as artificial intelligence, the Visit app aims to solve the problems faced by Indians in accessing quality healthcare viz. inconvenience, confusion and high costs.
The primary objective of the Visit app is to democratize access to primary healthcare. It’s a brainchild of four engineers from BITS Pilani – Anurag Prasad, Shashvat Tripathi, Vaibhav Singh and Chetan Anand – who have faced the problem of inaccessibility to quality healthcare, first hand. Visit brings together the practitioners and the patients. Both these groups so far have struggled with a system that restricts access, makes it hard to control when and where care occurs, and on whose terms. Using cutting edge artificial intelligence (AI)-based technology, Visit facilitates timely, accurate and cost effective primary healthcare – preventive as well as curative. The users have access to the 1200+ top hospitals, 35,000 doctors across 70+ cities and counting, on its panel. The user will have speedy access to an appropriate specialist over chat/phone. In case a face-to-face consultation is required, they can get an appointment within 24 hours. There will be no waiting and the specialist would already be primed about your specific problem. This makes for faster and more accurate diagnose. You may also book appointments for your diagnostic tests and order medicines through Visit at discounted prices.
Most Indians are pretty deft at postponing doctor visits, especially for minor problems. We only go to see a doctor when our self-medication fails or the minor sickness snowballs into severe disease. The app eliminates all reasons to not consult a doctor by offering – instant chat with the specialist, hence no need to go to the doctor; fix an appointment, hence no waiting and offer discounts and cashless facilities. Another group, a very large number, is the one that does not have ready access to trained medical professionals, hence Visit app chatbot helps fill in this gap to a large extent. In a nutshell, Visit is aiming to capture a leadership position in India’s burgeoning $2.2 billion primary healthcare market. The app is already very popular amongst leading companies and individual users. The platform is expanding its geographical footprint to Tier II and III cities and launching innovative health insurance products.
Availability and Ratings
The Visit app is available free for Android as well as iOS users. It is also integrated with the PhonePe app. It already has more than 2,00,000 registered users and a rating of 4.6 on the Google Play.