People in general are unaware of the medical facilities that offer ICU care and don’t even think of it until the need arises for themselves or for a loved one. At the other end, even the primary care physician is only aware of a few hospitals that offer ICU care to which their patients are referred to when a need arises. But, what happens when the patient reaches the hospital and finds out that there is no availability. The patient party then gets introduced to the chaotic and unorganized medical world we live in, in our country. He has to scout for himself and at such a desperate time, run around searching or be lucky enough to be the victim of a tout and if not so lucky, end as a sad story.
How does one get such a niche resource closer to the patients? How can primary care doctors know availability of resources in hospitals even before the patient is referred? How can we put a stop to patients running around from one hospital to another in search of an ICU facility or a ventilator or from becoming a victim of some tout? How much do we really care about the dignity of sick people as a fraternity and as a society?
There is a huge need for a directory for ICU facilities in our country. ICULive.in has evolved from the recognition of this need. It serves as a neutral platform for hospitals to display availability of ICU beds and ventilators and also the health insurance that the hospital accepts. The hospitals are displayed on the basis of distance from where the patient party is searching. It’s only a small step towards finding a solution to this wild problem.
Dr. Murali Krishna Kora.