The aim of preventive medicine is the absence of disease, either by preventing the occurrence of a disease or by halting disease and averting resulting complications after its onset.
Saurabh Bajpayee, Founder, Oxygenta Healthcare deeply believes in the need for widespread affordable healthcare and access in India and hence he has built a unique solution in the Healthcare Sector with a goal to build the best healthcare solution platform in India.
Oxygenta is India's leading preventive healthcare specialist and is determined to live up to its motto of making quality and affordable healthcare available at each doorstep every day.
Oxygenta - India's leading preventive healthcare specialist
Saurabh explains, “Oxygenta is a preventive healthcare platform providing end to end solutions. We provide services such as predictive assessment, early diagnosis, and preventive measures for common lifestyle diseases such as hypertension, diabetics, and obesity. It is a very exciting time for us at Oxygenta Healthcare. We deeply believe in the need for healthcare access and affordability in India. Our goal is to build the best healthcare solution platform in India. Affordable healthcare no longer means low-quality healthcare. Since wireless networks now reach over 80 percent of India’s population, Oxygenta has the potential to revolutionize the delivery of essential healthcare to those who previously had little or no access. Over the next few years, Oxygenta Healthcare is expected to deliver major improvements in access to quality affordable healthcare for people with high blood pressure and heart disease. Through the performance of high-quality trials, Oxygenta Healthcare will be rigorously evaluated for impact and to identify barriers and facilitators to widespread uptake. We will directly measure improvements in health, the use of resources to deliver such improvements, and the acceptability of Oxygenta Health to patients, communities, healthcare providers, and administrators,” he says.
Genesis of Oxygenta
Saurabh sheds light on the subject, “1 out of 3 people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, 500 million people suffer from respiratory diseases, 400 million people worldwide have diabetes, and an estimated 1 billion adults have hypertension. I can go on, there are many diseases and obviously, this is a growth market for a company that has its attraction because there is a lot of stuff to do here. We are excited about that market but we need to change the game. It’s not sufficient to just wait until people get sick and then have acute care in the emergency room and try to fix it; I mean that is the wrong way. Even a car has predictive analytics where we do maintenance before the car breaks down, so we clearly need to change the game in the world of health and healthcare. That’s how we started Oxygenta healthcare to provide affordable and accessible preventive healthcare in our country. There are many challenges India faces in the healthcare space. Changing the profile of diseases, life expectancy is increasing; new diseases are coming up, more fundamental problems of delivering healthcare. But we identified outcome as an important issue when the fact that patients need to be far more aware of the medical challenges that they are facing in order to solve them before they actually reach the door of the hospital,” he says.
The Startup Conference
Saurabh talks about the Startup conference, “We at Oxygenta Healthcare have initiated The Start-up Conference in order to achieve its goal of fostering and nurturing budding entrepreneurs, bringing together start-ups, mentors and investors to build interactions and strengthen the network within the entrepreneurial community. At this event, a panel of entrepreneurs from different backgrounds shares the invisible side of entrepreneurship. The session also focuses on the lesser-known facets of entrepreneurship, ranging from ethical to practical challenges. At the conference, the participants learn about how to pitch to VCs, reach early adopters and influencers, connect to community leaders, and more. We organize this event every year,” he says
Future of healthcare in India post-COVID
Saurabh shares his views, “I think this is an opportunity to reshape the healthcare industry in India. COVID-19 is going to have a lasting socio-economic impact on the world; the first change is going to be the behavioral change for the individuals and the people living in the communities. We have been taught all this right since our childhood but we never paid importance to it, but now COVID-19 is going to make us pay importance to it. Hygiene, social distancing, and wearing a mask three are going to be the behavioral changes that COVID-19 is going to put in the system. There is going to be a huge economic impact on the world, not only because of the virus but also because of the way we are responding to the virus. In India, lockdown is a great example of the economic impact that we had, and it will take a few years to come back and recover from the impact and probably it will have a bigger impact in the future. 80 to 85% of the healthcare in India is provided by the private sector, and when I say the private sector it’s not a large group or large hospitals. large hospitals actually provide less than 5% of the total healthcare. It is the single doctor’s clinic, small nursing home of 5-10 beds which provides almost 80-90% of the private healthcare in the country, and sadly this is the sector which hit the most that the doctors are not sitting in their clinic, the small nursing homes have shut down, so the foundation of the healthcare system in the country actually collapse and this we don’t understand by living in larger cities because we don’t know that these set of people who are providing actual healthcare and they are the foundation for healthcare. I call it a COVID-19 obsession and it has actually killed the healthcare foundation, and it has changed the healthcare scenario in the country. Doctors are scared to contact the virus, doctors are also human beings, and today we are in the stage where there are a lot of asymptomatic carriers to the virus, and that is a very dangerous situation we are in, and that’s why doctors are scared, and that is the reason for shut down of small hospitals and clinics,” he says.
(Edited by Rabia Mistry Mulla)