Want to Setup an Online Clinic? Here is a Detailed Guide
The current pandemic has restructured how the world functions. With everyone locked in for the better part of the previous year, the world has adopted to functioning virtually. Even the healthcare industry has transformed during this time. However, even cloud has a silver lining. Most industries have transitioned online, and the healthcare industry is no different. A doctor can now set up an online clinic and offer medical consultancy online. It does not stop here! Using social media, doctors can also expand their reach and increase their virtual footfall.
Patients have also reacted favorably to this trend all across the country. About 62% and 60% of 500 participants in a survey from Indian metro and tier-1 cities, respectively, have said that they would definitely opt for online consultation in the future . And why not! It increases accessibility, saving time and eliminating geographical restrictions. In current times, it reduces direct contact, protecting both doctors and patients.
So, if you have not made the jump yet, there is no time like now. Read on to know how to set up an online clinic in India.
How to set up an online clinic?
Here is a step-by-step guide to help you set up your online clinic and grow your practice.
Choosing the right practice management platform
The first step is to choose the right practice management platform for your online clinic. Opt for a platform that best suits the needs of your practice and provides an all-in-one solution. Consider the following factors while selecting an online practice management platform.
- Offers in-built marketing strategies that help you promote and grow your online clinic
- Offers administrative and billing functionality
- Provides flexibility of choosing between video, call, and text consultation
- Provides data-driven analysis of your online clinic practice
The eHealth industry in India is projected to grow to $21.3 billion by 2025 . This indicates two things: first, telemedicine and teleconsultations are the future. Second, there is no shortage of options to choose from. So, all you need to do is, find the right platform, and off you go!
The Bajaj Finserv Health Management Platform is one that you cannot go wrong with. It offers a gamut of features like multiple teleconsultation options and patient management features. Most importantly, the platform is in complete compliance with medical guidelines, ensuring security. You can set up your online clinic here in just a few steps. Additionally, you can access patient records, medical history, and appointment timelines.
This platform’s consultation module allows you to save medical notes and access patient information with ease. While using this module, you can provide timely updates to patients via SMS, email, and WhatsApp. Replete with all these features, this platform is apt for practices of all sizes. The Bajaj Finserv Health Management Platform can be the perfect gateway to the world of teleconsultation for you.
Register and submit necessary details
After choosing a platform, login with the correct data. Include your medical license number and healthcare registration number. The platform will verify these details before setting up your online clinic. So, ensure that you provide accurate information.
Set up your online clinic
After successful application and verification, your online clinic is ready. Usually, someone from the platform will help you set up your virtual clinic. They will also conduct demo sessions to guide you through the dashboard. Ensure that you clear your doubts during such a session for a smooth transition. Learn about how to take appointments, how to manage prescriptions and how to handle billing. Don’t worry, as all this is usually easy to do using the dashboard.
Let your patients know
Promote your online clinic by sending out links to your existing patients. Implement digital marketing strategies to grow your patient base and expand reach.
Now, you are all set to foray into teleconsulting and taking your practice to your patient’s home.
How do doctors benefit from an online clinic?
An online clinic benefits you in the following ways.
- You can optimize both your time and resources
- You can provide comprehensive care to your patients for chronic and acute diseases
- If you have a small practice, an online clinic helps in reducing or eliminating manpower
- You can consult patients all across the globe from the comfort of your home or clinic
How do patients benefit from an online clinic?
Even your patients benefit from your online clinic in the following ways.
- Helps with easy and quick accessibility to doctors like you
- Reduces traveling and waiting time 
- Ensures access to digital prescriptions any time
- Provides flexibility of managing and tracking appointments
Armed with this knowledge, you can set up an all-inclusive online clinic today. Leverage the advantages of having an online practice, and expand your reach in no time.
Please note that this article is solely meant for informational purposes and Bajaj Finserv Health Limited (“BFHL”) does not shoulder any responsibility of the views/advice/information expressed/given by the writer/reviewer/originator. This article should not be considered as a substitute for any medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult with your trusted physician/qualified healthcare professional to evaluate your medical condition. The above article has been reviewed by a qualified doctor and BFHL is not responsible for any damages for any information or services provided by any third party.
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