Bhubaneswar, June 9 (LocalWire): Abhijit Upadhyaya, a young medical student of a city-based medical college and hospital has developed a unique portal to help medical students like him to purchase costly medical books and accessories at the lowest prices.
Upadhyaya, who developed the portal – www.dayhaat.com – has been running the beta version for the last three months and is now set to launch a smartphone application by the same name to make it easier for students to avail the services from anywhere, anytime. The portal was developed with support from students and medical professionals from across the country.
“The idea struck me almost a year back. In India, the price of medical books and accessories vary from place to place, while in far away or remote medical colleges, these services are unavailable. So, we thought of an e-commerce platform for medical, dental and other paramedical students,” Upadhyaya said talking about his venture.
According to him, the objective of the e-commerce portal was to standardize the prices and services.
“Now we have delivered services to more than 1,000 students in a span of three months with orders being placed from different parts of the country, including Odisha, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Kerala, and Andaman,” he said.
At present Upadhyaya is managing the portal along with the help of five other students and medical professionals but has decided to engage more students from other medical colleges as coordinators to help popularise the initiative.
The team is also donating one percent of the sale proceeds for the education of underprivileged children in the country.
Next, the medical-student-turned-entrepreneur and his team are planning to provide all kinds of consultancy – diagnostics and pharmacy facilities to general patients – online.
“Through digitisation of healthcare services, we are aiming to dislodge the monopoly in the system, which will ultimately benefit the general public to great extent,” said the young medico.
A native of Balasore, Upadhyaya has been living in Bhubaneswar since 2011. He completed his MBBS this year from a city-based medical college and hospital and is now doing his internship.