A prime struggle for many Indians is the lack of access to primary healthcare providers. Despite healthcare being a human right, there are many parts of India where people have no access to this basic human right.
Where the WHO recommends a doctor-patient ratio to be at 1:1000, India has one doctor for every 11,000 patients. This shows that all India needs is 5 lakh more doctors. But in reality, this data cannot be relied upon. Many doctors are concentrated in the urban areas leaving the rural population with a larger gap of doctor unavailability.
A trained MBBS doctor himself, Dr Rohit Sharma, spent years working in both the private and government hospitals. With experience in the field and a strong desire for social welfare, he decided to take the entrepreneurial root. He launched an AI healthcare venture named GrainPad in Delhi to fix the doctor-patient gap. GrainPad offers AI, genetics, robotics and other research and innovation-based offerings.
Their most popular offering is ZINI. ZINI is a virtual physician that uses AI and ML to diagnose and recommend healthcare solutions. Through a Siri-like experience, the patient can talk to ZINI about their health. This is an amazing feat. as up until recently it was not possible to replicate doctors’ diagnoses. Because though machines could have medical intelligence they lacked human intuition. ZINI has been able to climb over this obstacle.
Globally, ZINI competes with Ada Health, Your.MD and others. Still, ZINI was able to make its way into 21 countries including the USA, UK and UAE. In March 2021, the venture received Rs 25 lakh from the Startup India - NGIS (Next Generation Incubation Scheme). Later in August of the same year, they won the seed grant award by Startup Punjab. In October 2021, they received Rs 101 crore from the UK-based Solarus Group.
Where many medical startups bridge the gap by connecting patients to doctors digitally, GrainPad takes a different approach. Instead of making amends with the problem, ZINI completely solves the problem. But do you believe GrainPad’s ZINI be able to bridge the doctor-patient gap and bring healthcare to every India?