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News  5, Sep 2013

Not sure if you need a doctor? Try self-diagnosis app, Haamor

With a ratio of three doctors for every 10,000, Thailand is in lack of doctors. Therefore, the team behind Thailand’s top healthcare site created this app.

Also known as Haamor, which directly translates to “visit the doctor” from Thai, the team behind this app also took home the runner up prize at the DTAC Demo Day, Wizard of Apps. The Haamor app is a self-diagnosis app that features a simple medical flow of questions to lead users to an eventual diagnosis. Through the app, users would also be able to book appointments if the condition diagnosed is serious.

After monitoring real patient information from their healthcare site, haamor.com - a site that provides e-consultations to the public – the team discovered that Thai people are often unaware of how the history of disease or symptoms can affect their bodies. They are also quick to ask what is the fastest and most economical way to recovering.

“70 to 80 percent of the symptoms posted on our web board (on Haamor.com) are actually self-curable symptoms, but users are often unsure how to take care of themselves”, says Keerati Inochanon, co-founder of Haamor app. Therefore, this app is meant for these 70-80 percent of people to help them self-diagnose at home.

By helping these people, long waiting queues at local hospitals can also be eased. This clears the waiting time for others who need critical medical attention.

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Unlike other self-diagnosis app in the market, Haamor’s diagnosis process is one of the easiest and most straightforward I’ve seen. Because all questions asked in the app are in the form of YES or NO, this reduces the number of uncontrolled variables and minimizes errors in diagnosis as well. The fact that the main editor of the app is Dr. Kraiphibul, a leading radiologist in Thailand, also adds more credibility to the medical diagnosis. This is not forgetting the other physicians from their web portal, Haamor.com, that contributed in shaping the questions for optimal accuracy.

Although, the app can pre-diagnose up to 90 percent of all illnesses in the world (from the common cold to cancer), it still cannot replace real physical examination with actual physicians.

After the DTAC Demo Day, the Haamor team will be working on further validating their product in the Thai market first before expanding globally. They also plan to work with local partners around the region in the medical industry for accurate translation since the app also features a seamless language conversion capability API.  Other than targeting countries facing similar doctor shortage situations, they are also calculating developed countries with high costs of health care, and those where visiting the doctor means traveling a long way.

The app is currently due for release in its iOS version by the end of this year.

On a side note, I believe the product concept would be great if it is translated into a self-diagnosis app to be used by pet owners for their own pets. The app industry in this category is low while the pet industry is booming. Plus, boutique salons, exclusive pet spas to luxurious apparels only mean that people will treat their pets like their own loved ones.

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Elizabeth Tan

Elizabeth Tan

A graduate from NUS and an alumnus of NUS Overseas College India, Elizabeth has written for several online publications ranging from community, to fitness and now, e27. Ever since her stint in India, she found herself increasingly interested in startups and wanting to immerse herself further into its ecosystem. She used to own her own blogshop and now co-runs a tech company. Elizabeth is also a certified yoga instructor, specializing in Ashtanga yoga and loves all things Thai. Sometimes, she even wishes she were Thai.

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