Originally posted by John Kennedy, Editor of Silicon Republic Whatclinic.com, a global healthcare comparison website that began in the home of entrepreneur Caelan King, is to create 26 new jobs in Ireland over the next 12 months. Whatclinic.com enables patients to compare and review more than 120,000 private healthcare clinics across 135 countries worldwide. Combined with online booking and independent price checks, it allows consumers to make an informed decision about the medical treatment they choose. The healthcare search engine company began in the Dublin home of entrepreneur Caelen King, who had personal experience of the lack of access to useful information on medical procedures.
Whatclinic.com – a one-stop shop for healthcare informationSince 2006, King and his team have developed Whatclinic.com into a dedicated one-stop-shop for information on elective treatments available across the globe. The company now employs 60 people in its Dublin HQ — with a small number of colleagues based in Poland and Brazil — and has experienced a 50pc increase in staff year-on-year for the past three years. “We want to change the world by increasing access to information to help drive down the cost of private healthcare and provide transparency around quality of treatment and cost,” said King. “The consistent growth of visitor numbers to Whatclinic.com shows that there is a growing need for independent, trustworthy information around private healthcare.” Since its launch, more than 60m visitors have used Whatclinic.com’s expert technology to find, compare and book a variety of procedures across a wide range of elective, self-pay medical treatments. The most common enquiries are for GPs, dentistry, hair loss treatments, medical aesthetic procedures and plastic surgery.
‘We want to change the world by increasing access to information to help drive down the cost of private healthcare and provide transparency around quality of treatment and cost’ – CAELAN KINGWhatclinic.com has more than 1,800 customer clinics in 64 different countries, and 95pc of its revenue is export-based, with the UK its biggest market. Before creating Whatclinic.com, Caelen King was vice president of product at NewBay Software and a key member of the executive management team that revolutionised the mobile operator market with social mobile web applications. Previous to NewBay Software, Caelen led the marketing of Baltimore Technologies’ flagship product, UniCERT. “We are on the search for ambitious and dedicated talent who will support our commitment to patients,” King said. “We have a strong team of innovative and inspiring people and we are looking to build on this by doubling our sales and customer care teams as we expand our consumer offering into global healthcare markets.”