India is the largest provider of generic medicines globally, and the Indian pharmaceutical sector supplies over 50 percent of global demand for various vaccines. Globally, India ranks third in terms of pharmaceutical production by volume and 14th by value.
However, despite this, the pharmaceutical supply chain in the country has been underutilised and scattered, according to 23-year-old Anshuman Sahoo.
To solve this problem, Anshuman, along with his friend Ashish Rawat, started Impact Health in 2020. The startup aims to connect end-to-end points in the public healthcare system and make it affordable and accessible for everyone, especially for Tier II, III, and rural India.
The Bhubaneswar-based healthcare logistics and technology startup has created a platform for end-to-end health journey. It has services providers, doctors, pharma companies, and diagnostic labs on its platform. Through its flagship Patient Support Program (PSP), the startup ensures the patient gets diagnosed with a problem and ensures they get follow-up check-ups, medicines, tests, and even injection directly at their doorstep.
“Our programmes are customised to help the clients in their disease-specific intervention on each level. We focus on disease identification and mapping, especially for chronic, severe, and rare diseases, through point of care diagnostics, thereby reducing the cost and time frame for the patient from the disease being identified to being treated,” says Anshuman.
The founders aim to make healthcare accessible, especially for Tier II, III, and rural India, and at the same time make it affordable with quality making it inclusive for everyone.
Background and workings
A business administration graduate from Christ University, Bengaluru, Anshuman was always concerned about public healthcare. He started looking for an entry point and bagged an AIESEC exchange programme in Indonesia – a global youth platform that provided leadership experience through volunteer and internship programmes. During this, he did a lot of research in the space of public health and the issues at the ground level.
After returning to India, Anshuman started working in the space of population health with a startup, where they focused on chronic diseases like asthma, COPD, diabetes, and cardiac failure. During this time, he designed and implemented chronic disease management projects for pharmaceuticals, corporate CSRs in India and abroad including Russia and Uzbekistan to name a few.
In 2019, he met Ashish, a data scientist, in Bengaluru. “We would discuss how we could make healthcare more accessible and affordable,” says 30-year-old Ashish. The conversation led to action, and after a few months of research, the duo started Impact Health in March 2020.
Initially, the co-founders identified that there was no detailed, well-maintained health record of people, especially in rural and semi-urban areas, owing to which it hampers the enhanced qualitative treatment.
“Thus, we came up with a health record. Later, with my expertise and experience in population health as well as guidance from expert physicians, we evolved and created a Patient Support Program (PSP),” says Anshuman.
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The patient support program
“India is a huge market for the healthcare industry. However, the sad thing is that a country capable of supplying medicines and healthcare services to other countries is not able to reach out to the patients in need in India itself,” he says.
Anshuman highlights that to get one injection or a lifesaving drug, a patient has to travel a lot – sometimes it means traveling to other cities as well.
But that could be solved, he says, if a system could help patients detect diseases early and bring pharmaceuticals closer to them. That’s what Bhubaneswar-based 3 PH Solutions LLP, which runs and owns Impact Health, wants to do.
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