Idealog: Health Buddy

Here’s a thought.

A health service, where you could

  • seek secondary opinions when necessary from a doctor of your choice from the directory made up of top rated specialist from across the country and global perhaps,
  • seek a medical counselor to tag-long on doctor visits or the like and help you understand the whole deal i.e. the illness, treatment options, pros and cons etc in layman terms,
  • store your health records

There are plenty of ways to seek secondary opinions and a lot of people do that in today’s world since it allows them to vet the diagnosis and the treatment and let’s face it, the doctor-patient trust equation isn’t really what it used to be. It’s doable for people in the big cities however beyond that, it’s very difficult. Having your health records available electronically and having access to a doctor of your choosing electronically can however fix this.

How many of us have seen or experienced people, otherwise great at their day jobs, when into health issues especially involving a surgery seek counseling from a doctor or “wise” people in their circles. And by wise I mean people who’ve had prior experience of dealing with doctors and health issue in some form. This is usually sought as a favor. How about someone professional – a health professional with sufficient experience at your service to accompany you to the doctor on your visits or sit beside you on a doctor’s daily rounds and help you understand the choices you stand up against. You still have to make the decision, of course however, an enabler of making an informed well-understood decision.

All this would surely be riding on the infrastructure of electronic health records, a directory of health professionals, online appointments, recommendations basis yours and your family’s history.

Welcome any views on this.


Idealog: Public transport navigation

While thinking about how public transport can be encouraged in a city like Gurgaon and in a metropolitan like New Delhi, which essentially has three states running public transport services. One of the things I find missing is that beyond Delhi Metro, no other public transport system has its information digitally available.

Use Case

Apps like Google map can give you driving directions and traffic conditions. They do cover Delhi metro routes however nothing on the bus routes within Gurgaon, between Gurgaon and Delhi and within Delhi. Moreover, cities like Gurgaon and Noida have another form of public transport system which is really high frequency – the shared auto routes with slab rates.

Say you are just stepping out of an office at Sohna Road, Gurgaon and plan to head home – perhaps in somewhere in Delhi. You pop open this app which locates you on the city map, click Nearest Transport Options and it lays out all your nearest bus stops, nearest shared auto stands and of course metro stations. Click on How to get home (or any destination) from here, it shows you all public transport routes originating from all these nearest Transport points. Details like class of buses, frequencies, next bus enroute, alternative routes, link ups to Delhi Metro, travel time estimates.

Something like this could be an enabler. Think of it has another level of information in Google Maps Directions perhaps. Welcome any feedback.