By The Nation
Carekoon is designed to boost access to services and healthcare, especially for seniors and people with disabilities who are vulnerable to Covid-19.
“The proportion of elderly people in the population is forecast to reach 30 per cent in the next 10 years. Many of them are more likely to live alone or with only a spouse or partner, and have limited access to travel for running errands, to market, other healthcare services during Covid-19 pandemic. The intention behind Carekoon App is to integrate transportation and healthcare service to unlock this barrier,” said Kannika Jarusuraisin, president of Solarwatt 111 and founder of Carekoon.
Piloted in Phitsanulok at the end of last year, the app is a collaboration with the local Naresuan University.
As well as a ride-hailing service, Carekoon also provides access to food delivery and online health services including Mor-Rujak-Khun by Naresuan university hospital, Health Dome telemedicine, KJ pharmacy, Herbal Expert by Mayuree, Kanok Physio Rehab Clinic, Saiyaisampan Nursing Home and the Health Academy e-learning platform.
“Customers can select on-demand cars, motorcycles, campus shuttle bus, and food delivery service on Carekoon,” said Asst Prof Ananchai Ukaew, head of mechanical engineering at Naresuan University and Carekoon Project adviser. “This will lead to a new mobility ecosystem in other services such as tourism, mobile health units, mobile shopping vans etc, which can help boost the local and national economy.”
The Phitsanulok-based platform is expanding to other areas of the country and is offering interested businesses free membership for three months at www.carekoon.com.