Saturday, February 13, 2010

Free websites for Indian doctors

The first website sponsored by HELP for an Indian doctor is now live ! Check this out at
www.drvijaykulkarni.com !

There are now millions of Indian patients online, looking for medical information . Unfortunately, most of what they find comes from places like mayoclinic.com . We need Indian doctors to establish their own web presence, so that information about Indian healthcare services is easy to find.

We hope these grants will help Indian doctors to showcase their talent, and help grow their practice ethically. This will help patients as well , who will become aware of what medical facilities are available in India. The transparency which the web imposes will help to improve the doctor-patient relationship, by allowing much more open communication between doctor and patient, and cutting out the middleman. Interacting with patients online will help doctors to become more patient-centric and empathetic.

Information Therapy - the right information at the right time for the right person - can be powerful medicine ! Ideally, every doctor and clinic should have an online patient education resource center, where people can find information on their health problem . This will create a positive virtuous cycle.

We feel we can leverage Indian IT skills and Indian medical expertise. This combination can allow India to become a global medical powerhouse and promote medical tourism.

Plus91 , a healthcare technology company at www.plus91.in, normally charges Rs 5995 for a professional website. HELP will offer this website free for the first hundred doctors who apply.

Please email me at malpani@vsnl.com and explain why you feel you should be awarded this free website. Include your resume; what your present online activities are; details of your publications; how you expect to grow your website. I will shortlist 100 doctors and Plus91 will get in touch with you so they can publish your website. Doctors who are specialists; have an academic interest; and practice in cities will be given first preference.

Plus91 will provide all the technological support needed, including:

• Registering the unique personalized domain name you choose . For example, if you are a pediatrician, this could be www.mumbaipediatrician.in or www.childdoc.in. You can check out what your website will look at by going to www.websitefordoctors.in !
• Hosting your website
• Uploading the initial content, so your website is live in 2 days
• You will also be able to publish your own content , using the easy OneClick WebPublish Content Management System, which allows you to become your own webmaster
You can publish as many pages as you like – there is no page limit !
• You will also get your own personalized email

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