Impact on healthcare practice by the use of eRx.

A July 2006 report from National Academics of Science’s Institute of Medicine (IOM), says “Doctors’ sloppy handwritten prescription kills more than 7,000 people annually and also preventable medication mistakes injure more than 1.5 million Americans annually.”

If that’s the case in a developed country, imagine the state of medical prescriptions in India where medical awareness is scarce, especially in rural India.

To address the situation and give a push for electronic medical records, healthcare companies and technology firms have launched a program to enable all doctors in U.S. to write electronic prescription (eRx).

eRx in India though not completely new, still is not adapted and is a rarely used practice. Though many undisputed advantages can be gained by using eRx, i.e. check for potentially harmful drug interactions and ensure that pharmacies provide appropriate medications and doses. “Thousands of people are dying, and we’ve been talking about these problems for ages”, says Mitesh Bohra CEO, savetime.com, who has initiated a project in Pune to digitize all doctor information and create ability for a doctor to write prescriptions on a tablet computer. “Today we have the technology to change the way healthcare is practiced in India, so why aren’t we doing it?”, he asks.

Doctor with a Digital Tablet Prescription PadOne of the biggest reasons why it is not in practice yet is because of ignorance and hence doctors haven’t invested in this needed technology. When people become aware of the worldwide fact and use technology the same way as in other sectors, healthcare for sure will be revolutionized.

Focusing on the bright side of this technology- that the patients would not have to struggle in understanding their own prescriptions and also they get it in digital format so their medical history can also be stored.

Automation should eliminate many of the errors that occur when a pharmacist misunderstands or misrecords medication names or dosages, conveyed messily on paper or hurriedly over the phone. For example: a spoken request of Celebrex can be mistaken for Celexa, or a notation requesting 150 milligrams of a drug might be read as 1500mg. In electronic systems, drugs and dosages are selected from menus to prevent input errors, and pharmacists don’t need to re-enter information.

Let’s hope that eRx turns out to be the default practice in coming years and  efforts made by healthcare IT companies such as Savetime help save thousands of lives caused by misinterpretations made by improperly written prescription.

Shashank Rathore

Shashank loves to try out new and different things. His adventurous spirit led him to Savetime where he works on UI/UX and is enjoying the challenges that comes with it thoroughly. Highly motivated and a confident soul, Shashank dreams to be an entreprenuer himself. Listening to songs and high quality of friendship keeps him striving for excellence.

A wakeup call for doctors? New age healthcare

“Why admit her in ICU for 5 days for an E-coli infection especially after you have isolated the bacteria through blood work and determined which antibiotics it is not resistant to?” I asked a reputed doctor.

What transpired for almost 20 minutes after this question was a classical offense-as-the-best-way-of-defense story. I was accused of being this new generation guy who reads up half-baked stuff on the internet and thinks they are more qualified than doctors. I was told to perform diagnosis and was told “bring anyone who can challenge my diagnosis”.

For the first few minutes of taking this onslaught, I was baffled. What did I say that made our डॉक्टर साब so angry? It was simply a question, a desire to understand what and why, something that is increasingly becoming a fundamental need in modern times.

It was only later did I realize that doctors in India aren’t really used to any kind of questioning, let alone a harmless information seeking question. We Indians have been living for decades in a deprived society sorely lacking education, awareness and more importantly lack of choice in which doctor you can go to. That made doctors “gods”.

That’s what is changing. The new gen is armed with a lot more education, medical information and the courage to ask questions. If a doctor is unwilling to have such conversation with patients and/or their relatives, they are putting themselves in grave danger. Not the danger of a lawsuit or a lost patient but the danger of becoming obsolete.

The new gen doctors have tremendous opportunity here to develop greater rapport and bond with the patient community by being responsive and by simply having conversations with them. The new era powered by the Internet and availability of information at your fingertips has established itself in the uprooting of traditional industries. Look around you: is travel industry the same, is retail industry the same? Healthcare services will be no exception.

It’s a wakeup call for doctors…

Mitesh Bohra, CEO & Co-founderMitesh is CEO, Co-founder at savetime.com. He has been working in the industry for over 16 years and this is his 3rd startup after InfoBeans and Infosignz. Mitesh is a BE in Electronics from India and has dual MBA from Columbia Business School, New York and Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, California.

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.

Putting care back into Healthcare

“What a broken healthcare system!?”, we’ve all found ourselves say in frustration.

You’ve moved to a new city, you fall sick. The chaotic scramble to find a doctor begins. The stress of making an appointment, waiting in long queues. And finally when you see the doctor, just a few minutes to make a diagnosis and a prescription. Not to mention that some doctors bring infamy to their profession by prescribing unnecessary medicines, tests and sometimes even operations.

We’ve all been in these situations. And yet, these scenarios play themselves out, over and over again. The break down hasn’t happened all of a sudden. It took decades to settle in.

However, change is all around us; the way we work, the way we shop, the way we travel. The pace of change is faster than ever before.

If we set our mind to it, we can change the way we receive healthcare services. We’re more aware today, have vast amounts of knowledge at our finger tips. We don’t hesitate to ask the important questions that concern  us, ask for a second opinion, learn more. We’ve got a new generation of doctors better trained, better informed, armed with the empathy to recognize the plight of the patient, and not simply run a practice to churn numbers.

More than any other time, a patient-centric healthcare system is needed now. Change is in the air and we’re the ones who will realize it.

We are the ones who can put the care back into healthcare…

Mitesh Bohra, CEO & Co-founderMitesh is CEO, Co-founder at savetime.com. He has been working in the industry for over 16 years and this is his 3rd startup after InfoBeans and Infosignz. Mitesh is a BE in Electronics from India and has dual MBA from Columbia Business School, New York and Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, California.