Imagine the pain of patients who have to bear the brunt of heavy traffic for hours just to show the medical report to their favourite doctor. Or a couple just moved in a new city and their kid is sick. They don't know which doctor to go. Or a software engineer who lives in a metro and his parents are alone and sick at home. There are plenty of such situations which call for an all-time access to a trusted doctor or even a multi-specialty clinic., an online platform for patients to book appointments with doctors, has addressed these problems with easy techniques.

Founded in 2013 by Saurabh Arora and Rahul Narang, Lybrate is an online and mobile-based platform that connects patients to doctors. Patients can use the service for free to find trusted doctors recommended by other patients near their locations and also book an online appointment with them. Doctors will have their share of advantage as well by using this platform to manage appointments, medical records, payment, billing and expenses for their clinics. Lybrate claims its platform empowers doctors with critical patient information anytime, anywhere, so that they can access patient’s medical history in a short time.

With a user-friendly interface, this app available for Android users can enable a patient a private conversation with any doctor of his choice, just like a Whatsapp chat. They have made sure that doctors too don't have to compromise on their consultation fees. At any point of time, the doctor can decide if he wants the consultation to be paid or not. So now, one can upload their reports, or other medical documents, do voice chats with their doctor and even pay him to have the confidence of right and apt consultation.

"Healthcare is seeing a lot of activity. We see a huge opportunity in improving access to healthcare using technology. Lybrate’s innovative platform and easy to use interface truly brings health at your fingertips", says Saurabh.

One of the foremost features of this app is that top doctors from all over the country can post general suggestions and tips for the patients and health enthusiasts. They can schedule and send Do's and Don'ts to critical patients like pregnant women or patients who just have undergone some surgery. Besides, Lybrate also offers Find Doctors/Book Appointment Service to help people find best doctors around them. So in a nutshell, Lybrate is a complete health platform for people where doctors take care of patients.

Rahul says "Patients will now have the power to have multiple opinions, and that too from different streams, such as Ayurveda, Allopathy, Homeopathy, Unani, etc, right from their home. On doctor's front, they too get a chance to learn from other top doctors in India. All in all it is a win-win situation for all."

The company raised $1.23 million in funding from Nexus Venture Partners. Lybrate is also backed by Gokul Rajaram, a technologist who has played key roles at Facebook and Vispi Daver, prominent project capitalist, who has invested in various other Indian and US based start-ups. The company is available on Android platform and will be available on iOS very soon.

With the motivation towards such a noble cause and in the fast growing online healthcare sector, Lybrate is sure to make some serious inroads. We wish them all the best in their endeavour.

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