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Health in your hands

A doctor’s appointment is due and you’re hunting all over the house for that previous medical report or prescription. Or you have to have your prescription filled out, but cannot find it. Happens to the best of us, right? That is where Peach steps in — a new health app launched by Chennai-based entrepreneur Harsh Rajan and his team at pH networks.

A cloud service, the app lets users upload important medical records — prescriptions, test results, medical schedules and even scans — onto the app for future reference. The idea struck Harsh, when his mother met with an accident last year and the family found it difficult to handle his father’s medication schedule. “My mother would usually handle my father’s medication; but with her condition, we found it difficult to get a grip on what he was supposed to take and when. That proved to be a trigger for Peach,” says Harsh, founder of pH networks, adding, “People invariably segregate their prescriptions and medical records in plastic bags. It is then up to the doctor to go through all of this, go back in time and figure out the patient’s medical history. Wouldn’t it be simpler to have all this data on a single platform? Peach can be easily accessed by the patient, doctors and caregivers. All one needs is a basic smartphone.”

The app lets users take photographs of their medical records and prescriptions, which are then compressed and converted into schedules that send out reminders about medication timings and lets users, share their medical information with their doctor. This, Harsh says, works well for patients, when their records are retained by the hospital and want a second opinion. “We also have an in-app messaging service that allows doctors and patients to interact in-between consultations,” explains Harsh.

The app was in the making since December 2014 and rolled out the Beta version in April this year, before finally being launched in June. In the three weeks since its launch, the app has already clocked over a 100 new users apart from the Beta testers who were on board before it hit the Google Play store. Currently available on Android phones, the team plans to soon launch it for iOS users as well.

“The app doesn’t take up too much memory on the phone, since we compress file sizes. Geographically, we might be based in Chennai, but we intend the app to be used across the globe,” says Harsh, adding that they will soon tie-up with pharmaceutical companies to enable patients to be able to use an e-prescription for their medication.


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