Two apps for your wellbeing

Food and health concerns are integral to life and two city based entrepreneurs have come with informative and user friendly apps that address these issues. K. JESHI finds out more

February 09, 2016 04:46 pm | Updated February 11, 2016 03:10 pm IST

The foodkourt app

The foodkourt app

Foodkourt mobile app

How it started A team of four young graduates — A. Naveen Kumar, P. Arun Kumar, Ravindran Selvaraj and Gnana Sundaram — wanted to start something new in the food business and came up with the foodkourt app. It is a mobile app in Tamil and English to order food and have it delivered at your doorstep. “Most working people eat out a lot. Why not offer them home-made food?” asks Naveen. “I was shocked when I met a four-year-old admitted in a hospital with kidney disorder. It was mainly because of eating junk food. People are slowly moving towards eating healthy which is a good sign.” Foodkourt is funded by Seine Aerospace, a Dubai based firm headed by Arun Chakravarthy, a first generation entrepreneur from Coimbatore.

How it works Download the app on android phones and place the order. Right now they serve customers in R.S.Puram, Vadavalli, Peelamedu and Koundampalayam and will soon branch out to other locations in the city. Foodkourt serves food from their kitchen. Right now it is only lunch (light, express, mini and full meals) and there are plans to include traditional breakfast items like kambu dosai. They have tied up with select chains like Anandhas for door delivery. “We offer free delivery within 30 minutes, the hotel chains charge a delivery fee,” says Naveen. The app has over 300 downloads and a customer rating of 3.9 on Playstore

The focus Home-made food, on-time delivery and competitive cost. Says P. Arun Kumar, android developer, “Regional apps like justeat, tastycorner failed because they largely relied on hotel chains to serve food. We set up our kitchen to address this.”

What next? The going has been good as they clock in a minimum of 20 orders per day. “Most of our customers are from the IT industry and aged people who prefer home-cooked food. Recently, a software employee from Bangalore contacted us to serve lunch for his aged parents in Coimbatore regularly.”

While they want to include features like health tips, and filter options to screen the hotels in your locality, the larger plan is to take the app to places like Chennai and Bangalore. and mobile app

How it started When Prithveen E Rajan, who zips around in race cars and an avid traveller decided to create a buzz in healthcare, he created, an online portal and mobile app. “While there are several review and rating applications to help you choose hotels, restaurants or holiday locations, choices for healthcare are often limited. And with several specialists, it becomes difficult to choose the right one. Gone are the days when we had a family physician who referred us to specialists. That’s when I decided why not start a hospital advisor?” he says. The portal and the app connect healthcare providers and consumers. “Patients can share their feedback based on their experiences after availing services from a hospital. We discourage ramblings and promote reviews that give an insight into the service. This helps others pick their choice,” says Prithveen.

How it works Visit or download the app and rate the service. While it is absolutely free for consumers, the health care providers, including hospitals, clinics, doctors, and diagnostic centers can register for a premium or subscribe for free and get on board. Right now, there are 6000 plus healthcare providers in their database pan India covering more than 100 cities. Blood banks can enrol for free too. The app ensures that you find hospitals, clinics, doctors, diagnostic centres in various geographic locations, read the review and make an informed decision.

What next The mobile app has over 1000 downloads and the website records thousands of visitors regularly.

“We want to bring to the limelight lesser known healthcare providers who are doing a good job,” says Prithveen.

This article has been corrected for a factual error.

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