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

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Friends with Benefits

Friends are an important entity in our lives. The only people with whom you can share and say almost anything you want and feel without giving second thoughts.

We have different friends who fit in different categories like  a friend  you can call any time of the day/night, a friend who is always ready for an outing, a friend who has the same taste in movies/books, a friend you don’t fancy for no apparent reason but still tolerate and the list goes on. But as the jingle goes ‘har ek friend zaroori hota hai

Sometimes when friends do something it gets us in trouble. Seldom has it happened that you benefit with free gifts and coupons courtesy your friends – unless it’s your birthday (which will also burn a hole in your pocket with the never-ending demands for a treat!).

But now your friends can help you WIN! Yes, you can now earn Gift Vouchers for something your friend does for you and they benefit from it too.

Savetime now give you this opportunity where you can win Gift Vouchers when your friends registers with us through your reference. All you have to do is invite them to Savetime and ask them to register with us.

And that’s it! Seriously.

The process is as simple as 1-2-3

1: Invite your friends to Savetime through Facebook, twitter or email. Or you can just ask them to register on Savetime.com and mention your registered mobile number in the “referral code” field while registering.

2. Your friends register on www.savetime.com

3: You get a Gift Voucher from us and your friends get introduced to the largest database of doctors in Pune which can help them find the right doctor whenever in need and they also become part of the Biggest and Vibrant Patient Community!

So get going, spread the word and win as many vouchers as you can. Log on to www.savetime.com now.