Patients' privacy and confidentiality must be prioritized, says ICT State Minister Palak
The ride-sharing platform Pathao has teamed up with Digital Healthcare Solutions, Praava Health and Maya in a move to provide instant healthcare service via the app.
Pathao Health was launched on Wednesday at a webinar.
Pathao Health will connect users to Covid-19 trackers online and provide one on one medical services through phone and video consultation.
Users can also get prescriptions online and order medicines through the app. They will, however, have to pay the consultation fees before availing any service.
Pathao co-founder and CEO Hussain M Elius said that quite a lot of people were now afraid of visiting hospitals due to the pandemic.
“These people could receive help through the app by video consultation and telemedicine from health experts,” he said.
Noting that Pathao had around six millions users registered with the Pathao app, he expressed the hope that this app would be able to provide online medical care for a large section of people in Bangladesh.
Zunaid Ahmed Palak, State Minister of the ICT Division, said it was difficult for the government alone to provide healthcare online or over phone in the on-going pandemic.
“Telemedicine saves people’s money and time as people do not have to travel to see a doctor,” he said, adding that a digital health service was the real game changer in this pandemic.
However, he said that patients' privacy and confidentiality would need to be prioritized.
Anir Chowdhury, policy advisor of a2i, Sajid Rahman, co-founder & CEO of Digital Healthcare Solutions, Dr Tangina Sharmeen, medical team lead of Maya, Sylvana Quader Sinha, founder chairman and CEO of Praava Health, Fahim Ahmed, chief financial officer (CFO) of Pathao, and Ahmed Fahad, vice-president of Product of Pathao, were also present at the online launching ceremony.
Fahad said a lot of people did not have access to healthcare owing to various reasons and the app would help bridge the gap.