HR TECHNOLOGY: Doctor Anywhere, a health technology startup that offers video-based medical consultations, is looking to double its manpower and reach by the end of 2022. The expansion comes after the startup raised SGD 88 million in fresh funding in the second half of last year.
In Southeast Asia, the startup has about 450 workers in Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, and with expansion plans for Indonesia in the offing. It is expected to increase this regional headcount by 50% in the coming months.
Despite increasing recruitment costs, CEO Lim Wai Mun said hiring and retaining talent was vital to the company's growth. "The competition for talent has always been there, as the good people that we want to attract are in demand across all start-ups," he said.
Doctor Anywhere began operations in 2017, and now serves about 2.5 million users across the region. Where previously a majority of its clientele was seeking basic medical certificates only, the Covid-19 crisis has meant greater demand for a wide variety of circumstances.
"During the pandemic in 2020, we had people from the Philippines seeking help from doctors in Singapore," he added.