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Visakhapatnam startup launches healthcare app

Visakhapatnam: City-based startup HealthSaathi LifeCare launched its healthcare app to provide home-based services such as genetic tests, child care and elder care takers for residents of Vizag on Friday.

Singapore-based Govin Capital has invested in Health Saathi with a 14% equity stake and is also providing infrastructure and mentoring support through its incubator Startup Accelerator India in the city.

Founded by Raja Sekhar and Bhyrav Murthy, HealthSaathi acts as a personalised health companion and provides predictive and preventive solution to combat ill-health and assist in leading a healthy lifestyle for all age-groups.

Speaking to TOI, HealthSaathi CEO Raja Sekhar said the goal is to reduce the need of reactive diagnostics and treatment through hospitals, doctors or a diagnostic centres by predicting and preventing possible health issues of people in advance. He said that anyone with an Android phone can download the HealthSaathi app and once registered, the application will explain the different services available in the app. As part of the genetic tests, HealthSaathi is initially serving categories related to birth defects, Downs Syndrome, sickle cell anaemia, chromosomal disorder and autism. The ap will be available on IOS too in about a month’s time.

Explaining the services offered by the HealthSaathi App, he said, “We are empowering an individual with an Android phone to become a health companion for the entire family.” Citing an example, he said, “Supposing an elderly person in the family needs to take medications, then a family member can download the HealthSaathi App and feed the schedule when the tablets have to be taken. Based on the inputs, the App will be able to either send SMS or Whatsapp alerts to the elderly person to take medicines on time.” At the same time, he said, “In the next phase we want to use voice recordings too so that if elderly people are not able to read messages, then a simple play button can tell them what tablets they have to take as part of their routine.”

Referring to the genetic tests, he said that HealthSaathi has tied up with an authorised government testing agency, which can alert pregnant women or parents of newly-born babies of health issues to children. “This is done by studying the genetics and we can help parents take preventive measures earlier than usual,” he added.

HealthSaathi has also tied up with around 150 care takers, who will be available for customers requiring either child or elderly care. “As soon as the requirement for the caretaker is entered into the app, we will identify the most suitable caretaker and send it to the customer, who can take a decision and utilise their services,” he added.

Co-founder Bhyrav Murthy said the investment from Govin Capital will be utilised for application development, marketing and research.

Source By: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/