Pune, 4th May 2021: Two residents from Pune have started an online platform through which COVID-19 patients or their relatives can get information on the availability of beds in their area or city. Through this platform, the person can get real-time information on the availability of beds within a few moments.
Chinmayi Dumbare (30) and her colleague Arif Amirani (38) have built the platform. Their startup is called India Critical Resource Network (ICRN). People can easily get information regarding the availability of hospital beds on their website covidpune.com/reach.
The website, launched at the end of March, is used by more than 11 lakh citizens. The website not only provides information related to the availability of beds but also information on where people can find plasma and ambulance services.
Speaking about the platform, Chinmayi said, “The government is also providing all this information but it is very complex. Therefore, it becomes difficult for citizens to check at times of urgency. We have taken care that all the information available on our platform is based on real-time data. The website has also been made available in local languages. We have made available not only the basic facilities but also the information on how to use them easily. That is what we are doing through this platform.”
“We came up with the website after the second wave of Covid-19 hit, but we were working on it a few months before looking at the first wave. Basically getting the right information to the public was our main challenge or main focus, to begin with. A lot of information is out there but it is in a scattered manner, a common man can get access to it and use the information so this platform was built,” said Chinmayi.
She added, “We are looking forward to expanding our website to other cities and other states and provide more information related to other services. We are trying to get connected with local bodies and administration to get more data and then present it on the platform, so it will be easily accessible. As we are spread across India or trying to expand we do take help from independent volunteers.”
“The rush for treatment of COVID-19 patients and their families is not over yet. Therefore, we are continuing our efforts to provide proper information regarding treatment and other services to all. We will soon expand our platform to many other cities. This will help the patients in getting proper treatment on time. It is a great relief for citizens to get the scattered information regarding COVID-19 at a single platform,” said ICRN Co-founder Arif Amirani.
How to search for a bed?
After visiting the covidpune.com/reach
Facilities available across the states and cities
States: Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, and Telangana.
Cities: Pune, Nashik, Nagpur, Surat, Delhi, Rajkot, Gandhinagar, Beed, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, and Bengaluru.
‘Problem can be solved using technology’
Chinmayi’s 72-year-old father Sada Dumbare, a former editor of Sakal Weekly, was affected by COVID-19. He was admitted to a hospital and needed further treatment but she had no idea from where they could get the bed. They had to call relatives and friends to go to the nearest hospital and inquire.
“A lot of time was wasted in search of a bed. During this, the patient’s condition can also get critical. Therefore, with this personal experience, I got inspired to start this platform. The startup is dedicated to my father and thousands of COVID-19 patients like him,” Chinmayi said.
Reach of the startup:
– A total of 15 lakh users across the country
– Currently, around 300 to 500 users per minute
– Last week, the visitors’ number was around 1,000 to 1,200 per minute
– At least, a hundred emails per day for hospital bed inquiries.