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Speedoc: Singapore’s first-mover in the on-demand healthcare space

23 January 2018 | News

Speedoc poised to be part of PwC Singapore’s start-up venture programme, driven by PwC’s Venture Hub. Speedoc’s partners include JustCo and GuavaPass, among others.

Singapore – A first-mover in the on-demand healthcare space, Speedoc is a mobile application that allows users to request for a nearby doctor to the location of their choice. Ushering in a new era of convenience and digitalisation of healthcare in Singapore, Speedoc’s “doctor delivery” service helps patients cut out the travel and waiting time it takes to visit a GP (general practitioner).

Founded by a medical doctor, Speedoc sets itself apart from other services by utilising geolocation services to match patients with doctors closest to them. Having considered the significance of the human touch in a clinical app-based environment, Speedoc brings a fully-licensed and qualified doctor right to the doorstep – along with treatment, medication and even MCs (medical certificates) when necessary.

Speedoc has already gained a user base of about 500 individuals – with 20 doctors on-call who have visited around 40 homes. To further their cause, Speedoc has not only partnered with doctors to come on board, but also with existing clinics. These clinics function as logistic bases for the collection of special medications, and GPs in these clinics are able to receive house call requests in their downtime.

Dr. Shravan Verma, CEO and Founder of Speedoc, who has personally experienced the dilemma while working in the public hospitals shares, "The A&E and certain clinics often experience overcrowding because the public need access to medical help after office hours and there are limited options available. Speedoc wants to fill this gap by taking on consultations for non-critical ailments and even minor procedures that usually require people to visit A&Es. This would help to reduce costs for hospitals, shorten the waiting times and even decrease healthcare expenditure for the government." 

Moving forward with this purpose, Speedoc is poised to be part of PwC Singapore’s start-up venture programme, driven by PwC’s Venture Hub. To aid this cause, Patrick Yeo, PwC’s Venture Hub Leader, and Dr. Zubin Daruwalla, Consulting Director (Healthcare) of PwC in South East Asia, are working closely with Speedoc in a combined push towards digital health and healthcare innovation. 

Additionally, Speedoc is actively partnering companies, such JustCo and GuavaPass, to help working adults care for themselves, as well as their elderly or young loved ones.

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