Healthcare is one of the few industries that actively embrace new technologies. From supportive and educational apps to advanced therapeutic and diagnostic solutions based in emerging technology, Healthtech has emerged as the fastest-growing vertical in healthcare. The Indian startup community is gradually redefining healthcare delivery through various digital solutions, bridging the gap between patient and provider. There are approximately 3,225 startups focused on health technology in India, and increasingly, more and more entrepreneurs are breaking into healthcare with their own high-tech ventures. They are creating an ecosystem in the healthcare industry that will help deliver better, faster, and more efficient care.
Below is a list of top entrepreneurs that are making India a Healthcare powerhouse:
Dhaval Shah, Co-Founder, Pharmeasy
PharmEasy is India’s leading and most trusted online healthcare aggregator in the country. It was launched by Dhaval Shah & Dharmil Sheth in 2015 with the sole purpose of making healthcare accessible and affordable to all.
Dhaval Shah, the co-founder of PharmEasy, holds an MBBS degree from Rajiv Gandhi Government Medical College and an MBA degree from XLRI Jamshedpur. Before launching PharmEasy, Dhaval worked with McKinsey & Company for 2 years as a consultant. This work experience played a major role in broadening his horizons, which led to the birth of PharmEasy with friend & co-founder Dharmil Sheth.
Today, PharmEasy is one of the largest platforms in the business. It helps patients connect with local pharmacy stores and diagnostic centres to fulfil their extensive medical needs.
Deepak Sahni, Founder & CEO, Healthians
With over 18 years of expertise in the healthcare, marketing, and technology sectors, Deepak Sahni is a self-taught serial entrepreneur who is making healthcare accessible, affordable, and transparent. As the leader of Healthians, he has sparked off the beginning of the wellness trend in India by delivering healthcare facilities at people’s doorstep by using innovative technologies at Healthians.
At present, Healthians is India’s premier health test at home service, with over 20 lakh households trusting them to provide a full range of health tests in over 140 cities and counting.
Deepak Sahni was recently recognised among the top ten Indian business leaders from various industry sectors who have changed the business world with their innovative ideas in a list curated by The Indian Alert.
Deepak’s other recognitions include ‘Futuristic Face of Healthcare 2009’, ‘Leaders Award for Social Impact Enterprise of the Year 2015’, ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2016’ & BusinessWorld – 40 under 40 in 2021. He was also named in ‘Asia’s Top 25 Healthcare Technology CEOs’ and made the ‘Forbes India’s Leaders in Healthcare 2021’ list. In addition, he has also been chosen as one of the 100 most influential entrepreneurs in India by the Entrepreneurs Magazine.
Deepak has also represented India in the Medical Tourism Congress in the US for three consecutive years. Prior to founding Healthians, Deepak had a series of successful entrepreneurial ventures to his credit.
Vaibhav Kapoor, Co-Founder, Pristyn Care
Vaibhav Kapoor is the Co-founder of Pristyn Care, which is currently valued at $1.4Bn. Pristyn Care was founded in August 2018; the Gurgaon-based healthcare organisation has built an ecosystem of 1000+ partner hospitals, 200+ clinics, 500 full-time and part-time doctors. Vaibhav is a risk-taker and a growth-enabler who is passionate about contributing to other people’s success.
Vaibhav’s mission is to ensure that each and every patient’s journey, from booking an appointment with the doctor to selecting the right hospital to get the insurance paperwork in order, is smooth and stress-free. Their patient-centricity is the reason why their company has remained resilient in the face of Covid-19. By providing advanced surgical care and introducing modern healthcare technologies in Tier 2 and 3 towns of India, his mission is to make a positive difference in the world.
Earlier this month, the company that offers elective surgeries became the newest entrant in India’s unicorn club (private companies valued at $1bn or more) after its Series E round from Sequoia Capital, Tiger Global, and other investors raised its valuation to $1.4bn.
Sandeep Gupta, Co-Founder, Innovaccer
Sandeep Gupta dreams of a different future – a future where machines will talk, a future where organisations will be organisms, and a future where life will be different. He believes that we will need a fundamentally easy way to embrace Big Data; we need the will, the vision, and flamboyance to make Big Data accessible for everyone.
At Innovaccer, Sandeep Gupta is building the next generation of data-driven products and platforms that help enterprises leverage their data assets to improve data-driven decision making. In February 2021, Innovaccer confirmed a $105 million Series D that values the company at $1.3 billion, bringing its total funding to $225 million.
At Innovaccer, Sandeep Gupta’s focus area lies in improving how Healthcare Organizations adopt this change. Working with top researchers and think tanks worldwide, we at Innovaccer are trying to fill the gaps that healthcare is currently facing.