ENTREPRENEURS exist to bring a product or service which society wants. Sometimes, it might not be clear what society wants until someone needs it badly enough.
For GetDoc Technologies Sdn Bhd founder Jerry Hang Yih Chyuan, 33, the turning point was when his father was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2013.
“We went to three different hospitals to seek medical treatment for my dad,” said the entrepreneur who started a medical doctors directory app and website in 2014.
When his dad passed away that year, he felt compelled to come up with a better way for patients and their caretakers to access medical and doctors’ information.
“In 2013, we spent a lot of time searching for medical-related information of the disease, the pros and cons of each treatment to specialists for the various treatments,” he said.
Hang knew that being an entrepreneur was not easy, even if one had a worthy objective to achieve.
Formerly a medical representative involved with aesthetic products, he had started a business in 2012 in that field but sold off in 2014 to focus on GetDoc.
Prior to that, he had also operated a few food and beverages outlets before.
“I remember in my previous company, people used to ask me who were the good doctors to go to but I didn’t take it seriously then,” he said.
Being a non-tech person, he said he managed to get help from friends to develop the first version of the app in 2015 and started promoting it via social media.
The app provides features such as information of clinics and hospitals near to patients, doctors’ profiles as well as allows patients to make appointments to visit the doctors.
This helps in reducing waiting time as the doctor’s office would call in advance to confirm an appointment. Hang mentioned, however, that there may be emergencies which doctors have to attend to, but the objective is to keep waiting time for patients to a minimum.
“Subsequently, we met a serial entrepreneur from Singapore who was developing a similar app. We are partners today,” he beamed.
Today, with a staff of 23, they have over 6,000 doctors in both Singapore and Malaysia in the database on which he is working to convert to subscribers; users get to use it for free.
“We have over 100,000 visitors to our website and over 5,000 downloads of the app to date,” he said.
Moving forward, Hang said they are also developing their education portal for people, especially on preventive healthcare issues, as well as marketing smart devices that can track a person’s vital signs for preventive healthcare which people can purchase via their website or through the doctors. – LIM WING HOOI