Published: 01st April 2020
This start-up in Assam allows patients to book doctor's appointments through just QR codes
Want to avoid long queues at hospitals? Worried about the one-metre distancing? Oxyfind has solutions to all of your COVID-19 conundrums
The founders of Oxyfind were prepared for one of the greatest medical challenges of our time before it escalated to the verge of becoming an emergency. In 2018, Pankaj Mazumdar, Nabajyoti Das and Bapan Biswas got together to create a start-up which aimed to answer every patient’s pet peeve — long lines. The aim was to make Guwahati’s healthcare system a little more efficient and smooth by reducing contact between them and the hospital. And amidst the Coronavirus lockdown, it has been the greatest boon for the people of Guwahati.
Oxyfind was developed through an application called OXYQR which generates QR codes and the Oxyfind Smart Screen that helps patients book appointments using the codes and track them according to their convenience. After working on it for a year, Oxyfind was officially launched at the end of January this year.
Pankaj says, “The problem with clinics in India are the crowded waiting rooms and registration desks. In case of any hospital, it’s always a negative ambience. And at a time like this, it’s a hotbed of several risks. The QR codes we provide can be placed anywhere in a hospital or clinic, even outside it. All patients need to do is to simply take out their phones and register for an appointment.”
CODE FIRST: The Founders of Oxyfind (From left to right) Nabajyoti Das, Pankaj Mazumdar and Bapan Biswas
OXYQR is used to provide personalised QR codes to the clinics that the organisation has partnered with. Once a patient scans and makes an appointment, the medical establishments can approve it depending on their available slots. Once it’s all set up, the patient receives the tracker on their screens thanks to the Oxyfind Smart Screen which will allow them to monitor their status until they arrive for the appointment.
Pankaj says, “We believe that we must do everything we can to help contain this virus. If our technology can help, that is what we will work towards for now. Doctors and patients have been struggling since the outbreak and this allows them one small satisfaction through guaranteeing time and flexibility. It allows people to maintain social distance, especially since so many patients walk in and out of these clinics each day.”
Doctors have started to innovate even more since the app was launched. Many practitioners have been printing out the QR codes on their receipts, websites and various other convenient platforms. When a patient calls, the QR code is sent to them through SMS. In addition to this, other organisations and the government have also been providing it a push in light of the COVID-19 scare.
Oxyfind is the first technology of its kind. Pankaj concludes, “Doctors are saving so many lives each day that it has become extremely important to save their time. All you need is five minutes time to get your health needs sorted, it’s as easy as logging into Facebook.” So if you’ve been dreading that trip to the hospital, Oxyfind can pave the way.