Reliance Jio committing a new partnership with a Coimbatore based iCliniq in order to enhance their presence in medical consultation through JioHealthHub, the health and fitness app. The company expects that new tie-up will bring more customers under the brand.
The new alliance will help Jio users consult doctors across 60 specialities and enable users to chat with doctors immediately. JioHealthHub will soon provide video chats and this is one of the many that the brand offers after the partnership. The company also joined hands with home healthcare platform Portea, among others.
Vaibhav Agarwal, a partner at Lightspeed India said:
“The challenges a lot of technology companies face are: How do I get distribution and scale without spending a lot of money? The other is trust,”
“Jio coming in is interesting because it has distribution (reach) and can help any startup get to massive scale in a very cheap way,” said Agarwal. “Jio could take an android sort of an approach and allow different vendors to compete… an open garden kind of a strategy or over time, it might say that it would have one preferred vendor.”
The users assuming that iCliniq will enable chat capabilities while Portea will bring in the home healthcare angle to JioHealthClub. By adding more providers, JioHealthHub is looking to extend its ‘360-degree’ health care platform across various areas of fitness and healthcare.
Dhruv Suyamprakasam, CEO, iCliniq said:
“Jio is disrupting the Indian healthcare market ecosystem. It has huge capabilities and is looking closely at the platform business,”
The idea has been more interesting and fresh in India’s online healthcare ecosystem. Besides the medical consultation field, Jio is also looking to cover various sectors such as content and education and picked up majority outline in online education platform Embibe.