At Practo, we’re on a mission to help mankind live healthier, longer lives by simplifying healthcare. We believe strongly that the solution to most problems starts with getting the right data.
India though has been devoid of meaningful healthcare data for a long time. Sure, we’ve had surveys and some rudimentary data collection through various agencies, and this is definitely important, but is no where near as comprehensive as the data our country needs.
We’re taking a stab at this by looking at our own data and making the insights available publicly so that we can spark and guide the conversation around what ails people in India and where healthcare efforts should be focused.
The healthcare map has been compiled from data of over 75M searches and over 40M appointments on our platform in 2015. Worth also noting is that due to the high search-to-appointment ratio, the data also is a reasonable match for search intent versus action of visiting the doctor. This means that the data is not merely informational but is “action” oriented.
The data throws up some interesting insights:
- Lifestyle diseases are rising and rising fast – and not just in top cities but across the board in tier 2 and tier 3 towns as well.
- There is growing number of Dermatology and ENT visits as well – perhaps signalling the growing air pollution we’re witnessing in India.
- Gastric problems and Cardiac issues are amongst the fastest growing health concerns in India.
These are just the highlights. For more information on India and specifics on key cities, do check out this handy infographic:
We hope this sparks a debate that puts focus on the growing healthcare concerns of India. Going forward, we will make this an annual report and will add more and more data. If there is something specific you’d like us to add do let us know and we’ll take a look.
We hope you find the data useful and it helps you watch out for healthcare concerns for you and your loved ones.