Also a forum for interaction

Three medical practitioners have come together and launched a website that would serve as a platform for patients, doctors and a variety of service providers, including pharmacies, nursing homes, clinics and care givers for geriatric patients.

“The idea is to develop it into a medical directory for the residents of Chennai and its suburbs to find general practitioners, specialists, diagnostic centres, laboratories and scan centres in and around their area,” said diabetologist V.Raghunathan, one of the persons behind the website. Any doctor can register online and provide details of his or her clinic and practice.

The website – www.chennai-doctors.com – is the brainchild of London-based orthopaedist and alumnus of Government Kilpauk Medical College, Manghattil Rajesh, who aims to develop the website into a network for services. “There is no integrated network here. We also have a blog for doctors to interact and we can put the common conditions for advice and the medical companies can alert about new developments.”

The website was launched a little over a month ago and will provide “sub-products like eldery care and health education,” says paediatric surgeon C. Sankkarabarathi, part of the founding team. “We already have about 1,000 facilities registered with us,” he adds.

The website provides a forum for interaction between doctors and patients, who are invited to comment on medical matters.

“We will also ask specialist colleagues to advise and give direction. It is a public service and our advice is free,” Dr. Rajesh says.

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