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A friend recently shared news of a newly launched smartphone app for Android, MyTabeeb (My Doctor), developed in Pakistan with an aim to get medical help to locals.

But don’t be misled by the name, which may lead some to believe it imparts medical know-how or diagnosis. Instead, it plays the role of a facilitator that connects you to doctors near you in case of a medical emergency.

Developed by Seventh Sense, the app promises to be comprehensive health database, with a claim to be “Pakistan’s premier health data service.”

Main app page ─ screenshot
Main app page ─ screenshot

How it works

Key features at a glance include:

  • Search for doctors, clinics, hospitals
  • Search medical help through proximity
  • View schedule, see practice locations and timings
  • Filter by specialisation, gender, proximity
  • Reach doctors through directions with maps
  • Instant calls to ambulance service

The app has two major sections: Doctors and hospitals

Users can search for a doctor by typing in a specialty, or by scrolling through a list of alphabetically organised categories.

But there’s a catch. To search for a doctor, users need to use the correct medical terms to define their illness. In other words, as of now the search may not be as user friendly as was intended. For example if my neck hurts, I can’t find a doctor just by searching for ‘neck pain’ or ‘pain in neck.’

Filter searches in the app
Filter searches in the app

Search results appear in an organised list, from where users can move to full details of doctors or hospitals. At this point, users can also sort search results by proximity among other criteria.

Hospitals are searched separately in a different section accessed through a menu on the left.

The menu can be accessed by swiping to the right or by tapping the button next to ‘Home’ on top of the screen.

Is it any good?

After going through the app, it appears the creators are on the right track. It's simple, user-friendly and fast.

An Internet connection is required to access the online database, though information for a particular category is available offline after being accessed once.

Graphics are neat and not excessive and the design is minimalist yet modern. Records are clear to read, buttons to make calls or to view maps where needed are spot on and making calls to ambulance services are quickly accessible.

Also read: doctHERs: Remote patient care with female doctors at the fore

What's missing?

The app has the potential to go beyond just record-keeping if other health organisations collaborate with its developers.

Here are some enhancements that would greatly benefit users:

Bookmarking

A record for instant offline access complete with the location map will be a great help for users when they are on the road or without Internet connection.

Rating system

Users should be allowed to rate a particular doctor or hospital and results should be viewable in search, along with the number of users who participated.

Blood bank

This is a major oversight. Willing blood donors should be able to list themselves and in case of an emergency, notified through the app or a text message. Developers can try linking blood banks for effective search by blood type.

Some immediate changes

Currently, the app has two search boxes for a single category – one to search doctors by specialty, and the other to search doctors by name.

A browse through the app shows options for doctors, with photos!
A browse through the app shows options for doctors, with photos!

To search for hospitals, users are required to switch to the ‘Hospitals’ section from the menu. Instead of different search boxes for the two categories, a universal search box paired with a dropdown list to search within ‘Problem,’ ‘Doctor’ or ‘Hospital’ databases will be faster and less confusing for users. In case of a connection error during search, the app prompts users to ‘retry’ or ‘exit.’

'Exit' should be replaced with a ‘back’ option, which should take users to the search screen instead of exiting the app.

Once a full record is accessed, call can only be made to the first phone number that appears. A better approach would be to show each phone number as a link that can be tapped or clicked to make calls.

The space assigned to display phone numbers should also resize accordingly. Right now records display just one or two complete numbers on the screen while the remaining numbers are only partially visible.

A link to set doctors’ schedules in the handset’s calendar would be a welcome feature as well.

MyTabeeb users will notice addition of more services by time, some of which include an increase in the list of emergency numbers and data from other cities in Pakistan.

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Posted by Mytabeeb on Tuesday, February 2, 2016

MyTabeeb is free for download on the Play Store.

The author is a graphic designer and freelance writer with a focus on tech.

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Cyrus Feb 18, 2016 10:36am

It can only help people. Should be popular.

ashar Feb 18, 2016 10:38am

now its easy for Karachi gangster to locate poor doctors , what a nonsense.

Arif119 Feb 18, 2016 10:38am

Seems to be a nice app and some vwey good usability/features suggestions by Munir.

Ghazanfar Feb 18, 2016 11:01am

This will be a disaster. I am a doctor based in UK who has migrated from Pakistan back in 2011 due to security issues. This app is only going to open the doors of more loot and plundering, black mailing and target killing of doctors especially belonging to a certain sect. I urge the developers of this app to kindly think again for the safety of the medical professionals.

Arif Feb 18, 2016 11:07am

This app is useless. Reason, the doctors are usually sitting at different clinics throughout the day, they have no contact number or a way to book an appointment online or even via phone. Most of these so called hospitals and clinics require 'in-person' appointment, hence, this application is waste of time.

Apache Feb 18, 2016 11:10am

Healthcare applications are widely used all over the world. A big step forwards for us

rahat Feb 18, 2016 11:30am

A useful application, keep up the good work.

SHAH Feb 18, 2016 12:02pm

How can we educate our people half of the population is not educated and no access to internet.

Shabbir Feb 18, 2016 12:32pm

While idea can be good, however long way to go. No specific area search for Lahore it gives Karachi locations even if you select Lahore.

Ehsen Feb 18, 2016 12:53pm

A great initiative which will help all and great to see the tech sector catching up with the rest of the world. If this continues we will be able to compete with regional giants like India soon. IA.

Pakistani Feb 18, 2016 12:56pm

@Ghazanfar Don't you think that is going to happen anyway? Its like same decades long debate where we talk about pros and cons of technology. Its like having a gun and telling people either its for ones safety or something else.

Saad Siddiqui Feb 18, 2016 01:12pm

This is the best app. Just the beta version has that many features. I hope it gets better with the new updates.. incorporating the feedback given in the article and adding more and more cities. Everybody starts from somewhere and this is one of the best thing I have seen in Pakistan after a long time.

We should encourage such ideas as Pakistanis considering our counterparts and neighbors are growing each day in the silicon valley. Technology and smart phones are the new frontiers. And this app has just put the already publicly available information at one platform and it is going to help a lot of people.

Care Feb 18, 2016 03:24pm

The information in the App, has this been approved by the doctors? Have they given explicit consent to publish their information out to public?

BAABU Feb 18, 2016 03:45pm

I just downloaded the app and was leaving for the doctor. Didn't know the directions. Thanks to mytabeeb, it not only helped me find my doctor but gave me the alternate timings for him.

analyses Feb 18, 2016 04:16pm

Great ap. This will definitely help the masses to get knowledge about doctors and their timings, hospitals and contact details for apointments.

To the ones who are saying this will be used to locate poor doctors, well those who want to kill or threaten a particular doctor will do that. They don't need any ap to help them. They have much better intelligence system and knowledge about the doctor they are going to harm.

Just Someone Feb 18, 2016 04:36pm

"Blood bank". I think that would be an important addition to the app.

Ailly Feb 18, 2016 05:50pm

for this we need to have electricity and internet 24 hours....

Khalid Feb 19, 2016 09:53am

It looks like the app relies on two things. Internet connectivity and use of correct medical terminology. In a country with the lowest internet penetration and where less than 5% of the population can speak English (familiarity with medical terminology, would be way below 1%), I wonder how this app will work in Pakistan!.

APakistani Feb 19, 2016 12:05pm

Very good initiative. I have downloaded it. But pl include Islamabad info

sterry Feb 20, 2016 12:01am

@Ghazanfar Sorry you don't speak for the majority of Pakistanis who appreciate this app and will use it. As for your own experience, I wish you well wherever you are but remember that the majority of people in Pakistan do not share your views and there is no need to bring up sectarianism. The violence in Karachi is being brought under control and there has never been the issues you describe in Punjab. Physicians are respected throughout Pakistan and compared to most Muslim countries like Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Libya or others, Pakistan is still much safer - that too for all sects!