Telenor Pakistan, via its Velocity program, has partnered with Sehat Kahani, a telehealth startup, to ‘democratize’ access to quality and affordable healthcare for Pakistanis.
Offering accessible and affordable telemedicine services through e-clinics and a mobile application, Sehat Kahani offers professional consultations through video calls for added peace of mind. Telenor Pakistan continues to work towards the Digital Pakistan vision by helping startups like Sehat Kahani reach further and higher than ever before.
In Pakistan, many people still lack adequate healthcare because of a severe shortage of qualified doctors in their vicinity; there are 1,700 patients in need of care for every doctor around the country. The situation was further aggravated with the onset of Covid-19 for the entire health sector. But the digital adoption and acceleration towards telemedicine are making up for the shortcomings of traditional healthcare.
Telenor Pakistan is striving to allow its customers access to the best quality healthcare. They can download the Sehat Kahani app and benefit from round-the-clock video consultation with general practitioners, specialists, and mental health and wellness experts. The e-prescriptions are readily available and the payment is possible through their mobile balance at subsidized rates
Commenting on the development, Chief Operating Officer Telenor Pakistan, Khurrum Ashfaque, said, “It gives us immense pleasure to equip today’s change-makers with the tools needed to redefine healthcare inclusion on a nation-wide scale.”
“With the possibility and adoption of accessing healthcare on your smartphone using the direct carrier billing API, Sehat Kahani is truly revolutionizing e-healthcare in Pakistan. We believe digitalizing solutions is the only way forward, and Digital Pakistan is closer to becoming a reality than ever before,” he added.
Dr Sara Saeed Khurram, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Sehat Kahani, commenting on the occasion, said, “Thanks to Telenor Pakistan’s efforts in supporting the startup ecosystem, Sehat Kahani is on its way to becoming a household name in mobile healthcare. We are extremely pleased to have the resources to take care of millions of more Pakistanis through online solutions.”
The Telenor Velocity program offers startups equity-free support for four months. This includes access to a 49 million customer base, coaching from domain experts, data analytics and product development support, access to its global partner and mentor network, and scaling opportunities on Telenor Pakistan and Telenor Microfinance Bank’s digital assets.
This year, in addition to benefiting from these digital assets, Sehat Kahani is also eligible to apply for credits and technical help from the Amazon Web Services’ Activate Program. For more details, please visit https://telenorvelocity.com.pk.