Cover Azran Osman-Rani offers a holistic approach to health with digital health startup Naluri.

These innovators are using technology to make health and wellness more accessible and effective in Asia

These tech disruptors on Asia’s Most Influential list have tapped into the power of technology to make the health industry in Asia more accessible and effective. They’ve created on-demand solutions and wellness ecosystems, all accessed through digital platforms so that preventing illness and promoting wellbeing in both mind and body becomes easier. 

Azran Osman-Rani, Malaysia

Azran Osman-Rani was moved to establish digital health startup Naluri after losing his father to cancer and diabetes. At the time, doctors did not address his dad’s depression and focused on only his physical diseases. 

Now, Osman-Rani's company offers a holistic approach to health, reducing risk factors as well as improving mental resilience (its mental health assessment is a good place to start). Naluri provides tailored solutions powered by experts, from clinical psychologists to dieticians, fitness experts to pharmacists. The coaching team, along with a host of programs, can be accessed through its app, which makes the service accessible to more people. 

Naluri is one of the brightest unicorns in Malaysia. In 2021, it completed its Series A funding round, raising US$5 million. Its success is not a surprise as Azran Osman-Rani has guided other businesses to great heights, founding AirAsia and leading the expansion of streaming service iflix in the past. What’s next? Naluri plans to expand to Singapore, the Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand.

Read Azran Osman-Rani’s full profile here.

Jeff Budiman, Indonesia

Through The FIT Company, Jeff Budiman created an health ecosystem for Indonesians. The tech startup provides on-demand solutions for an active lifestyle, establishing fitness studios across Jakarta and introducing low-calorie food through its Fitlokal restaurant chain and healthy instant noodles with the konjac-based Fitmee. 

Behind the tech-enabled ecosystem is a desire to reverse the effects of a passive lifestyle. The company reports how Indonesians register the lowest average daily steps in the world, and so one of its missions is to encourage 250 million people to live an active lifestyle. By unifying its various solutions in an app, it makes becoming healthy easier.

In 2019, Budiman’s The Fit Company received seed funding from East Ventures. To bolster its offerings, the company acquired wellness startups Slim Gourmet, Wellnez Indonesia and FITCO. “[The] role of The FIT Company… is to create a wellness ecosystem that is easily accessible to the public,” said Budiman in a statement.

Read Jeff Budiman’s full profile here.

Lim Wai Mun, Singapore

In an interview with Bloomberg, Lim Wai Mun, CEO of Doctor Anywhere, notes how digital healthcare services can help fulfil the rising demand for better healthcare in Southeast Asia. 

Today, his company serves 2.5 million users in Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. Doctor Anywhere offers a virtual clinic with consultations with on-demand doctors and delivery of medicine in three hours, home care services like Covid-19 swab tests and physiotherapy, and a wellness shopping platform for products and services. Its personalized healthcare services are accessed instantly through its digital platform. Recently, it has partnered with Vonage to provide high-quality video services to customers. 

The CEO also shared, in the same Bloomberg interview, where it directed its SG$88 million Series C funding: to bolster its tech team for the future and create benchmark-setting products for the industry. 

Read Lim Wai Mun’s full profile here.

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