2020-08-31

"Recognized in FastCompany’s 2020 World Changing Ideas Awards in the categories of Best World Changing Idea APAC and Developing World Technology, Praava Health is building Bangladesh’s fastest growing consumer healthcare brand."

 

Praava Health is building Bangladesh’s fastest growing consumer healthcare brand. We are raising the bar for healthcare in Bangladesh with a fully vertically integrated network of outpatient health centers powered by international-standard doctors, diagnostics, and technology.

Nearly 170 million people live in Bangladesh, making it one of the world’s most populous countries and densely populated markets. Bangladesh is also one of the fastest growing economies in the world and has been dubbed the next Asian tiger by the World Economic Forum, The Economist, and others. A dynamic, growing middle class of 30+ million people – 25% of the population – has already propelled Bangladesh to “middle-income” status. 

Social infrastructure and healthcare are still lagging dramatically behind the rapidly growing economy. The public health system is understaffed and over-stretched, with only 1% private health insurance saturation (covering primarily inpatient services). Private health facilities are best positioned to fill this gap. But pricing at private facilities is artificially inflated due to lack of competition, and quality is inconsistent. Urban middle-class patients face a healthcare system that is unreliable and hard to trust. Time with doctors is among the shortest in the world - an average of 48 seconds per patient. There is only one internationally-accredited lab in the country. And financial incentives at hospitals cause doctors to pressure patients into unnecessary procedures and hospitalization. As a result, 1,000-2,000+ middle-class Bangladeshis travel to India daily seeking better care and a better experience – and healthcare they can trust. 

We opened our first world-class health facility in downtown Dhaka last year and have already served tens of thousands of Patients in Dhaka. The flagship center already achieved EBITDA breakeven and is growing fast ( ~3x in revenues from 2018 to 2019). We are now poised to scale the Praava model nationally; we plan to roll out 30+ facilities in the coming decade, including 3 hubs and 25+ spokes to serve the urban middle class. We aspire to be Bangladesh’s trusted partner in health, empowering Patients to manage their health in a manner aligned with their values. We aim to establish the best healthcare company in Bangladesh. We are a small, impassioned, collaborative team that is inspired to build the best healthcare company in Bangladesh. 





The daily news reel is highlighting for everyone the need for increased investments in infrastructure required in healthcare all over the world, which is the problem we have been trying to address since founding Praava Health. During the crisis, we have been doing all that we can to serve our community. We are supporting the government's efforts as best we can with mobile phlebotomists who are collecting samples for the government's screening tests for COVID-19. Additionally, we are offering free telehealth screenings for all the patients in our community and our corporate clients, and have set up dedicated hotlines for some of our corporate clients. We were also the first private healthcare provider to support the government in its 333 hotline for COVID-19. We've also converted most in person consultations to videoconsults, and are busy developing tools to help to triage patients - both COVID+ and non-COVID patients - to reduce burden on hospitals as we prepare for COVID-19 to affect Bangladesh in a more meaningful way by the end of this month.

Potential projects:

  • COVID-19 self-management tool for patients: The tool will require patients to regularly report vitals, which will sync with Praava’s EMR. The tool will incorporate certain triggers to feed back to the medical team in case a patient needs to be contacted immediately for video consultation, including triggers to help advise patients when they need to be hospitalized.

This is an opportunity to help shape a new model of care in Bangladesh, together with the Praava family, including doctors, nurses, health coaches, laboratory and diagnostic staff, and senior leadership.

  • Source global COVID-19 innovations: Research emerging innovations combating COVID-19 and propose initiatives which can be adapted for Praava’s use as an outpatient facility serving its patients as well as the broader population in Bangladesh.

 


The IT Intern is a student who has completed his/her undergraduate studies in Computer Science Engineering and has the following skillset: 

  • Strong programming and analytical skills

  • A good understanding of database management system concepts

  • Proficiency in any programming language such as Java, Python, Javascript, Go, C, C++

  • Familiarity with Laravel and Bootstrap CSS

  • Familiarity with tools/frameworks such as git, Jira

  • Strong analytical skills and experience dealing with large volumes of qualitative and quantitative data.

  • Experience collecting and analyzing data in healthcare settings is a plus.

  • Passion for innovations in medicine, particularly process efficiencies and technology.

  • Ability to listen with empathy and to communicate with respect when interacting in person with health care professionals and patients.

  • Attention to detail.

  • Strong commitment to our Founder’s vision for a healthcare brand based on the pillars of Trust, Quality, Reliability, and Affordability, based on team values of Service, My Praava, Integrity, Listening, and Excellence (SMILE).

  • Patience and creativity when faced with challenges and openness to new experiences.

  • Initiative, drive, and enthusiasm to build and be part of a visionary team working to transform health care in Bangladesh.


 

  • Make the world a better place: Every member of our team believes in her/his capacity to contribute to systemic change in healthcare in Bangladesh.

  • Be at the forefront of redesigning healthcare delivery: Praava has an incredible platform for impact, including through incorporation of value-based concepts that align our incentives with our Patients’ for a healthier future for our communities and our country.

  • Improve healthcare and health through evidence: We are investing in constantly evaluating the effectiveness and impact of our work.

  • Revolutionize healthcare through the concept of patient-centric care: Praava’s core values aim to treat Patients with empathy, respect and dignity. We are committed to creating an unparalleled healthcare experience and are driven by the belief that clinical outcomes are actually improved when Patients are engaged in managing their health.

  • Join a diverse, energetic team: The Praava team is proud to have attracted a wide range of international and local talent, and we hope you can help us to expand this. The team is energetic, amiable, and helpful, and truly embodies a work family.

  • Be part of a rapidly scaling organization: Over time, harnessing technology and data and creative alternative financing models, Praava Health expects to be able to offer world class health care to tens of millions of Bangladeshis.

Praava Health is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other quality protected by law.

Please email a statement of inquiry and resume with the subject “Innovations (IT) Intern” to careers@praavahealth.com.