January 2017

TECHNOLOGY for Healthcare Delivery

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Phanish Chandra, CEO and Co-founder, Docplexus

Bridging the learning and knowledge-sharing gap among the Indian medical community, Docplexus — an online networking platform for clinicians — is growing from strength to strength by empowering doctors and improving healthcare outcomes for millions of Indian patients. Phanish Chandra, CEO and Co-founder, Docplexus, speaks to Elets News Network (ENN) about the company’s partnerships, impact it has created and future expansion plans.

What is the vision behind Docplexus? How did you conceive the idea of establishing this company?

Docplexus was conceived with the intention of leveraging technology to improve healthcare delivery in India. It all started after the tragic death of my younger brother from neurocysticercosis. Delay in diagnosis was the primary cause of his demise. This was a major shock for the entire family, most of whom were doctors themselves. The incident revealed the gross deficiencies in the existing systems of learning and knowledge-sharing amongst the Indian medical community. I resolved to change this and created Docplexus – an online networking platform for clinicians to access latest medical news, discuss clinical cases and learn. Docplexus’ vision is to empower doctors and improve healthcare outcomes for millions of Indian patients every year.

Which service offerings of Docplexus differentiate it from other platforms connecting doctors to diagnose and treat patients?

Docplexus is equipped to host clinical discussions, surveys, surgical videos, live webinars, CME programmes and KOL interviews. Our partnership with Coliquio GmBH, a German healthcare startup, allows us to harness their rich experience in the European market, particularly in client engagement. Our strength lies in the fact that we are the only Indian platform with both, a web and mobile presence. This gives our users more choice and convenience. Our web app allows for seamless integration of all of our offerings.

What kind of impact has the company been able to create in healthcare sector of India?

Docplexus is India’s largest and fastest growing online doctor community. We enjoy the trust of 165,000 physicians for their learning and networking needs. Over 12,000 doctors log onto our platform daily. We have already hosted 12,000 clinical case discussions and 75 interactions with KOLs comprising eminent international faculty, industry pioneers and recipients of prestigious awards. Our CME programmes and KOL interviews have narrowed the gap between doctors’ learning needs and traditional solutions. This has equipped doctors with the knowledge and skills to deliver better treatment and care. It is immensely satisfying to see Docplexus bring about such positive impact on Indian healthcare.

What are your future expansion plans? Where do you see Docplexus heading in five years from now?

Docplexus is steadily progressing towards its goal of reaching 200,000 members by March 2017 and 400,000 members in the next three years. Our ultimate vision is to empower each and every practitioner of modern medicine in India and create better clinical outcomes for 100 million patients each year.

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