Savetime CEO tells Lighthouse Insights how a simple idea is helping thousands of patients, docs connect online

Mitesh Bohra, Co-founder and CEO
Mitesh Bohra, Co-founder and CEO

From a dream that three entrepreneurs shared at a park in Andheri to an algorithm that was too complex to cut it, to the great Indian reality check that led the trio to answer the fundamental question that besets Indian healthcare, Savetime.com’s journey has been an engaging one.On March 11, social media news website Lighthouse Insights met with Mitesh Bohra, co-founder and CEO of Savetime to understand how the Internet has changed the way we look at every aspect of our lives.

In the interview, he talks about how Savetime simplified the decision-making process of a patient as far as choosing the right doctor or hospital is concerned. This journey not only involved technical troubleshooting that creating such a vast platform presents, but also understanding the phenomenon of migration (1 in 3 Indians is a migrant!) within the country and, finally, answering that one simple question: “Which doctor should I visit?”

This ostensibly simple question threw up some interesting challenges. For instance, was it enough to find a doctor? As Mitesh explained, for a web platform to actually affect life in a positive, substantial and cohesive manner, it was not enough to be just another online directory.

Savetime had to go deeper into the problem that people actually face. After a dedicated survey in Pune and Indore, the picture got clearer and led to Savetime.com as it is today: a large community of patients and doctors.

Mitesh also told Lighthouse how Savetime spent many hours on the field talking to doctors, and understanding how the health eco-system functions. These field excursions answered an interesting question: It wasn’t just about finding a doctor, but also about helping the patient make an informed decision. And that is how the patient review system came about – a powerful tool in the hand of the consumer. This system today answers the most basic question: Did you feel better after visiting the doctor you chose? Was the experience pleasant?

As Mitesh further explained, doctors are also appreciating the value addition that Savetime is making to patients’ lives directly. Many doctors are happy that they can now connect with the patient community online with the tools that Savetime.com offers. And Savetime is helping them do this in an ethical manner, using various tools like social media, patient outreach, and so on.

Today Savetime is an online community comprising over 4,300 doctors and 7,000 patients in just about a year. And this mutually beneficial connection is growing at a phenomenal rate. The reason for it is that Savetime is about something that we deeply care for: our health.

To get a detailed account of Savetime’s journey and how it is pioneering change on the healthcare map, check out this two-video interview series at Lighthouse Insights:

Mitesh Bohra, co-founder, Savetime talks to Lighthouse Insights

Lighthouse Insights video part 2

“Get up and start moving”

A rendezvous with Dr. Suchitra Mankar, general physician.
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Dr. Suchitra Mankar
Dr. Suchitra Mankar

A veteran of medicine, general physician Dr. Suchitra Mankar studied at the Armed Forces Medical College in Pune. I spoke to her last evening about her work and life. She told me that she worked for the Indian Air Force as a doctor for 30 years. Her stint in the Air Force allowed her to experience many interesting events. In fact, she has been invited by the Rotary Club to talk on ‘Anecdote of my Life in Air Force’ on January 17, 2014. So I felt lucky to have found her for this interview and talk about her life back in the days. When she talks about those days, her voice is filled with both – emotion and power. The enthusiasm with which she narrates a few of her experiences makes one feel like it’s so fresh that it just happened.

So here’s what we spoke about. Continue reading “Get up and start moving”

Innovation for Patients and Doctors

We deliver efficient healthcare services to patients and a platform for doctors.

If you are a doctor then savetime may help you in-

  1. Managing your real-time queue of patients using tablet apps and increasing your efficiency.
  2. Storing digital prescriptions, notes sound recordings about your patients which would save a lot of your human efforts and a lot of paper work.
  3. Managing visits of your patients and maintaining a statistical record of your patients’ health. This is helpful in early detection and treating chronic diseases.
  4. Sending documents like prescriptions or notes to printer or send via mms, via email to patient or other doctors.
  5. Managing your account on the web and store information about your shifts, degrees, experience and many more things including your clinic geolocation. This helps gain reputation in the community by reaching out to new patients.
  6. Building a credible social profile through comments and likes from your patients.

If you are a patient then savetime may help you in-

  1. Finding a doctor not only by the name and specialty but also through symptoms. Simply tell us about your ailment.
  2. Providing the right amount of information about a doctor you might be looking for which includes degree, age, first time visit charges, practice experience, timings for each clinic, clinic address, geo location on map and more.
  3. Requesting an appointment online per your preferred timings so you can see the doctor as per your availability.
  4. Locating your doctor on the go. If you carry an android or apple mobile we can also help you to locate your favorite doctor from your current place.
  5. Storing and retrieving information directly in your account. For common diseases you need to visit many doctors and maintain a lot of files for every doctor.
  6. Creating your own profile at savetime and maintain your favorite doctors, request an appointment, add you relatives, like and comment about the doctors you have visited.

We would be always evolving as a technology platform and as your time saver. Visit savetime.com to experience it for yourself. For any suggestions or feedback feel free to talk to us at ideas@savetime.com or 087676 99 222.

Swapnil Potdar, savetime.com.Swapnil is self-motivated and loves challenges. He is always eager to keep track of technology trends in the world. He likes to asks tons of questions, enjoys meeting new people and learning new things. He is currently working with our Android team. He is an Engineering graduate in IT from MIT, Pune. Savetime.com is the beginning of his passionate journey to make a difference in the world. Facebook, board puzzles and sci-fi thriller books take up rest of his time.