Docquity Q&A: "LinkedIn plus plus" for doctors in emerging regions

We catch-up with Amit Vithal, co-founder of Docquity a new platform for validated doctors to share expertise and get a second opinion

“After nearly losing his father, this founder built a medical network to help others” ran a recent headline in Tech in Asia.

The piece told the story of how Indranil Roychowdhury’s father had a critical health problem in Malaysia and the doctor in charge only managed to save his life via the second opinion of another medic he knew in the US.

This in turn led to the creation of Docquity – a global networking space for verified doctors – by Indranil Roychowdhury and his co-founder Amit Vithal.

We catch-up up with Vithal to learn more about Docquity today and where it is heading.


Would you describe Docquity as LinkedIn for doctors?

Enhancing doctors’ effectiveness is a sure way to enhance society well-being. And Docquity aims to be a single comprehensive technology-enabled and network-powered platform that will enhance doctors’ effectiveness in multiple ways through collaboration on cases and areas spanning multiple specialisations. If you insist, I will see it as doctors LinkedIn plus plus…. 

We use LinkedIn mostly after office hours, we expect Docquity to be used more as a professional collaboration tool for doctors, of which networking will be an integral part.

Why do you think this is needed?

Every doctor faces several diverse and unique situations every day. He [or she] makes decisions with far reaching consequences, based on their knowledge and experience.  Doctors often feel the need to consult, reconfirm and corroborate his [or her] judgement calls with his [or her] professional network. Doctors information and interaction needs are lot more specialised, specific, directed, timely and confidential, that need a specialised platform like Docquity.

Why does this have particular benefit in emerging regions?

I believe that Docquity is useful all around and especially in the emerging markets. If we go by doctor population ratio, or generalist vs. specialist practitioners, doctors in emerging countries often work in isolation and have great number of general practitioners that would find the benefits of dynamic interaction features of Docquity lot more appealing. 

At the same time, I expect the research and subject specific blogs getting equal interest from all across [the globe] or maybe more from doctors from advanced countries.

When did this launch and how far has the company come since then?           

We launched in beta on the first week of Feb 2016 and today we have about 2000 validated doctors with exclusive partnerships with a few medical associations within ASEAN. 

How many doctors do you currently have on the network and where are these based? (i.e., is it particularly popular in some countries)?

About 2000 doctors and we have started primarily in Malaysia as our base market. However we are seeing some invites and referrals happening within Singapore, India, Indonesia and the Philippines.

How is the company funded?

We have very recently raised our Seed round [$250K] and investors are from India and the US.

Where do you see Docquity heading short, medium and long term?

[In the short term] we see this mostly as a secured platform of authenticated and validated doctors discussing cases within a trusted network. Our focus will be on the ASEAN market.

[In the medium term] we see Docquity having expanded into multiple geographies and having established partnerships with leading medical universities and research firms to have more broader issue and problem based discussion. We see “medical search” becoming a critical part of user behaviour and making it more relevant to the individual doctor is the goal.

Too much information is out there on the internet. Our goal is to be able to streamline this information, add practical experiences of the doctors in the mix and make it easily searchable for doctors globally.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Platform security and doctor authentication and validation is key. We will not be an Open network and the integrity and trust of this network is extremely crucial to what we are trying to build.