Praava Health has opened its first family health centre at Banani in Dhaka on Wednesday with a motto of providing better patient experience enabled by technology.
The Banani Praava Family Health Centre is the first in a network of such facilities which will offer consultations with family doctors and a full range of diagnostic services including lab and imaging.
A Microsoft Bangladesh BizSpark partner, Praava is also aimed at reintroducing the concept of family medicine, particularly the family doctor, to Bangladesh.
“Proper healthcare is our basic human right. Every patient deserves to be treated with care and respect. My own experience compelled me to imagine family health centres where professionalism, expertise, and trust between physician and patient are not luxuries of the lucky few, but rights and realities for every citizen,” Praava CEO, also the founding Managing Director Sylvana Q Sinha said at the inauguration ceremony.
“The future of healthcare will leverage artificial intelligence, smart design, and biotechnology, and Praava is planning to use technology to enable a better patient experience and improve access and outcomes for Bangladeshis.
“Technology can never replace your doctor, but it can help you and your care team to better manage your health,” she added further.
The inaugural ceremony was attended, among others, by Minister of State for Information and Communication Technology Zunaid Ahmed Palak MP and Managing Director of Microsoft Bangladesh Sonia Bashir Kabir.
Zunaid Ahmed Palak said: “Bangladesh is embracing a digital transformation thanks to Praava and other entrepreneurs who are introducing technology to the health sector.”
Sonia Bashir Kabir said: “Health-tech integration has been lagging behind in Bangladesh, so it is immensely heartening to see a women-led startup employing technology to transform the patient experience in healthcare.
“Patients at Praava will be able to access and download their medical records and communicate with doctors and even have their scans reviewed by radiologists all over the world.”
Praava is introducing Bangladesh’s first molecular cancer diagnostics (Polymerase Chain Reaction, or PCR) lab in breast, cervical, colorectal, and lung cancers, as well as the country’s first fully integrated Hospital Information System (HIS), including Electronic Health Records (EHR) and featuring a patient portal available on the internet and as a phone app.