Why I started medlly?

edited March 2014 in Weekly post
When I was pregnant with our first child, the hospital that I picked for regular consultation was on the basis of brand of the hospital and proximity to my house. In that hospital I chose a famous gynecologist for consultation, again going by the brand of the doctor. My belief then was that ‘If it is a well known doctor in a corporate hospital it has to be good’. I couldn’t have been more wrong.The doctor was super busy and had little time for any of patients; the hospital was too corporate and lacked any kind of warmth. Had I known about these fact earlier I would have reconsidered. This got me thinking about the irony that exists in India currently - Bigger the decision, lesser the background facts are available. Some of the examples of this phenomenon are - deciding on some surgery, buying a flat, picking a good college for your kid etc.

After my baby was born, I decided to take a break from my regular job and do something about the problem of selecting a hospital/ doctor. The lead to creation of medlly where I started adding experiences with doctors and hospitals that I or my family members had visited in the recent past. It so happened that after I started medlly, some of my close family members underwent knee replacement operation, open heart surgery, cataract surgery. I started by sharing their experiences and shared these thread with my friends to see what they feel about it.

I was expecting to hear back from my friends things like “not enough information being there” but what I got actually got was - “your page does not look good”, “can you change the colors on page?”, “can you add some photos”. This lead to some changes on the site and made some of my friends happy. Hopefully lot more people will like the changes that I had done. All this happened 2 years back and now there are many more people who feel the same way about this information gap and are now actively contributing their experiences to medlly.

I am now a stay-at-home mom trying to tackle a big problem. My only goal is to maintain medlly to such a level that I or my friends/ family can confidently believe what is written here. I also plan to publish a weekly post about my experience that will motivate other moms to start on their own. How I’m going to do all this along with the tantrums of 2 year old boy is a subject for another post :)


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