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Credihealth startup: A step towards betterment in healthcare sector

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By Ila Garg

Credihealth, as the name suggests, aims at bringing credibility to the healthcare sector in India. The firm has a dedicated website, complete with an interactive chat column wherein they invite people to talk and discuss their health issues free of cost with the experts. Apt to today’s lifestyle, Credihealth is designed to give deeper insights into medical facilities to the patients so that they can understand themselves in a better way.

The patients can go through the profiles of the specialties and this way they can build their trust. It aims at bridging gaps between the doctors and patients by bringing them close to each other. The team of founders comprises successful business leaders and career professionals.

Ravi Virmani, an alumnus of XLRI Jamshedpur, was the COO of Max Healthcare before founding Credihealth. Gaurav Gaggar is a successful Chartered Accountant, investment banker, and e-venture co-founder. Saurabh Uboweja, an alumnus of IIM Calcutta has been running India’s first truly holistic brand consulting and design firm, Brands of Desire. Piush Kumar owns an investment office called Hausela which aims at funding startups in the digital technology space.

NewsGram interacted with Ravi Virmani to know Credihealth closely:

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Ila Garg: How does credihealth works?
Founder Ravi Virmani: Credihealth helps navigate through the complex healthcare system. It offers an easy-to-use website with the options to search, compare and select doctors, hospitals and treatments providing the relevant solutions. You can send your query on the website or request a call back from our team of in-house doctors. Based on your choice of doctor, the team member schedules your appointment. We support you throughout your hospitalization journey, regularly following up after the procedure for post-op care or rehab.

IG: What are the basic aims of this startup?
RV: We aspire to leverage technology to expand the healthcare boundaries, by enabling access to healthcare, which includes –
(i) Information – Hospital and Doctor Credentials, Procedures, Treatments, Feedback, and healthcare content for the common man;
(ii) Ensuring Delivery – Credible partner to support the patient through the entire experience of their hospital journey.

Our overarching goal is to start the Right Cost Movement, bringing transparency to healthcare where the aim is to empower people to make informed healthcare decisions, by way of verified reviews, price comparisons, multiple treatment options and a belief that now there’s a better way!

IG: How is credihealth different?
RV: Credihealth is the first omni-channel player in the hospitalization / inpatient business in India that allows a patient to compare and select doctors, hospitals, treatments and cost options from the comfort of his home.

• People from different parts of the country and abroad can now easily access information on experts and treatment options from thousands of miles away. To give you a real time instance, we currently have 8 liver transplant patients from across the globe who will be getting treatment done in New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore through Credihealth. We are broadening the accessibility to healthcare world-wide.
• The Credihealth blog is a first-of-its-kind health blog in India that features over a thousand comprehensive articles explaining symptoms, treatment methods and prevention from several diseases, hundreds of exclusive doctor interviews and patient experiences. CrediHeroes – another initiative, is a platform for cancer patients to share their stories of courage.
• We are the only healthcare website in India to have over 250 exclusive doctor interviews and patient feedback.

IG: How will it benefit the patients?
RV: Credihealth essentially helps patients in the following ways –

Discovery & Search (Online): Provides extensive information on their website & blog to help users make an informed decision on their treatment

Quality & Trust (The Personal touch): A user can ask for a call-back to clarify any additional queries / doubts and discuss options with a team of operations executives to decide the best way forward

Convenience (Offline): Project manage the entire hospitalization process for the user /patient through to post-op care

IG: Is it free to use or you charge a fee?
RV: Credihealth.com is a completely free portal. We do not charge our patients any fee. Since we are a source of patients, our main source of revenue is from ‘market development’ fee from hospitals. After an initial Proof of Concept in 2014, we have been able to earn Credi revenue through this medium.

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IG: Are the doctors willing to talk in detail with the patients online?
RV: We have a team of in-house doctors that cater to patient problems via online chats and emails. Occasionally, Credihealth conducts live chat sessions with famous doctors to answer questions via chat and social media. On a similar note, we also have several Facebook communities that welcome doctors to answer intricate health issues on these groups.

IG: What if an immediate help is required? Do you have any means to provide immediate attention?
RV: We do not provide immediate emergency help at the moment. We do, however, connect patients in need of immediate medical help to the emergency department in the concerning hospital.

Apart from the conventional approach, the Credihealth team is creating health awareness on social media giants too. They are active in engaging youth through Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook groups. These groups are created to spread health awareness in addition to cater to people sharing their intricate health issues, doubts, and experiences.

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Air Pollution And Its Effects On Our Heath

Man is not just affected physically but his mental peace takes a toll too due to the increasing air pollution

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Stubble burning is one of the main reason behind heavy pollution in the Delhi and NCR region. Wikimedia Commons
  • Air pollution is a major concern nowadays and has major effects on one’s health
  • There are many toxic air pollutants in our environment which can cause severe health hazards
  • Health-related problems like asthma, headaches, nausea, etc. can be caused as an effect of air pollution

Air Pollution and their dreadful consequences are not some newly found phenomena of the new-found world. There have been instances of hazardous effects even in the past. The three major historic documentation, dating back to the middle of the 20th century, happened at Meuse Valley in Belgium, Donora in Pennsylvania, and London. The most gruesome of the three is the well-known London mishap that claimed over 4000 lives during the episode, due to temperature inversion and associated elevated levels of Air Pollution, and over 8000 lives in the subsequent period.

Air pollution can have severe effects on one's health.
Air pollution can have severe effects on one’s health.

Mankind is in a fast-paced race, always in the process of trying to outwit each other. The numerous developments born out of this race have brought along with them dreadful health consequences. Air Pollution is one such inadvertent yet a disregardful act by humans. The pollution does not begin only when you step out of your homes but is present within your safety havens itself.

According to the World Health Organization report in 2014, 92% of the world population was living in places where the air quality guidelines levels were not met. Outdoor Air Pollution was cited to be the cause of  3.7 million premature deaths in both cities and rural areas. Around 80% of those deaths were due to heart diseases and stroke, and the rest were due to respiratory illnesses and cancers due to exposure to fine particulate matter.

Air pollution can even cause risk of life.
Air pollution can even cause risk of life.
Air pollutants categories:

Air pollutants are categorized into two groups based on their impact, Criteria pollutants and Toxic air pollutants. Criteria pollutants include particulate matter (PM), ozone (O3), sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), carbon monoxide (CO), and lead (Pb). (defined by the United States Environmental Protection Agency in the Clean Air Act). These pollutants are present everywhere and cause health issues when present at significant ambient levels. In general, the criteria pollutants are regarded as the cause of most respiratory and cardiac issues.

Also Read: How exposure to air pollution in womb may shorten lifespan

Toxic air pollutants are also known as “hazardous air pollutants,” are substances that cause cancer or lead to other potential non-cancerous effects on the reproductive and neurological systems and have disastrous consequences in the development process. It is also assumed that there is no threshold level of exposure required to cause cancer. Meaning any amount of exposure to these toxic pollutants can lead to cancer.

At risk Populations:

In any geography, the already ailing and sick (pre-existing medical condition) population is more at risk for suffering from the ill effects of air pollution. Apart from this category, young children are the next at risk.

The reason for children being affected more is that they have higher breathing rates than adults. Therefore, they unknowingly inhale a lot more pollutants than an average adult. The potential for exposure is also increased with increased amount of time spent outdoors. The developing lungs of the young people have a limited metabolic capacity to placate toxicity.

Exposure to air pollutants can case cancer as well.
Exposure to air pollutants can cause cancer as well.

 

Air Pollution Respiratory Diseases:

The small particulate matter of the criteria pollutants has the capacity to reach the lowest portion of the lungs, where the gaseous exchange occurs. The larger particles get trapped in the nose and the medium- sized ones settle in the tracheobronchial region.

The effects of the settlement of these particles are upper and lower respiratory symptoms, asthma attacks, loss of quality living days, and restricted activities. Chronic exposure to particulate matter has also been associated with the development of chronic bronchitis- inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes. This condition presents as a cough with mucus.

Also Read: Neurologists say rising air pollution can cause stroke among adults

Lung Cancer:

It is a commonly known fact and an “ought to be stressed upon” fact that chronic exposure to polluted air can also lead to the cancer of the lungs.

Ozone’s effect:

Ozone, an oxidant gas that is poorly water-soluble, travels throughout the respiratory tract due to its nature of solubility. It reacts with the molecules on the surface of the lung and leads to pulmonary oedema, inflammation, and the destruction of epithelial cells that line the respiratory tract. Children who stay outdoors in high Ozone areas develop asthma. Some of the disastrous effects are permanent in nature.

Air pollution can harm you even when you are inside your own houses.
Air pollution can harm you even when you are inside your own houses.
Some more Criteria air pollutants:

When Carbon monoxide reacts with blood haemoglobin, it reduces the oxygen-carrying capacity of blood and hence can cause damage to the nervous system. It causes a headache, fatigue, dizziness, coma, respiratory failure, and eventually death.

Nitrogen dioxide is mostly an indoor air pollutant released due to the increasing use of gas stoves. Exposure to high levels of nitrogen dioxide can lead to respiratory distress with symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath, and tightness in the chest.

Air Pollution Cardiovascular Effects:

The above-mentioned actions of air pollutants in the respiratory tract can also affect the cardiovascular system. The inflammation in the breathing tract induces transient hypercoagulability (abnormal blood clotting), the progression of atherosclerosis, and propensity to plaque rupture, especially in people with coronary atheroma. Long-term exposure to Air Pollution can also speed up the atherogenesis process, heart rate invariability, and arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat). Some recent studies have also found a significant relationship between heart attack (Myocardial infarction) and exposure to polluted air.

Air Pollution in Reproductive and Child Health:

Long-term exposure to the air pollutants poses risks even to an unborn child. It causes Intrauterine growth restriction -low birth weight at term, intrauterine growth retardation, smaller fetus for gestational age etc.

Indoor Air Pollution :

Some of the major causes of indoor air pollution are indoor smoking and burning of fuels for cooking purposes, especially in the second and third world countries. The people in these countries cook and heat their homes with biomass fuels and coal. Thus the main noxious gas released is sulfur dioxide, that causes respiratory issues and eye irritation

 

In Delhi, air pollution is a major concern.
In Delhi, air pollution is a major concern.
Quality of life:

Man is not just affected physically but his mental peace takes a toll too when the feelings of insecurity and the perception of having to live in a hazardous environment take over. Severe annoyance, sleep disturbances, reduced the ability to concentrate, communicate or perform normal daily tasks also accompany the psychological stress issues.

Some of the issues are too massive to be controlled at an individual level but a resolution to change can, of course, make a significant impact. Individually we are just one drop of water but together we can make a big ocean.

Simple steps involve following the government regulations in your state regarding the upkeep of your vehicles, carpooling, avoiding the burning of coal, adequate ventilation of your homes to dilute the effect of indoor air pollutants among others.

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