You’ve heard of grocery delivery in eight minutes.

There’s now even an attempt attempt Twitter 10-minute food delivery Read more  to do food delivery in 10 minutes.

But how about ambulance assistance in eight minutes?

That’s what Hyderabad-based emergency care startup StanPlus is attempting, after raising $20 million in Series A funding in January. The funding round was led by HealthQuad, an Indian healthcare-focused venture capital fund, early-stage VC firm Kalaari Capital, and Singapore’s HealthX Capital. 

Unsurprisingly, the eight-minute ambulance assistance target achieved its purpose of getting mileage both in traditional and social media. However, not unlike quick commerce, this is an ambitious target in a market like India. 

Six-year-old StanPlus, which is mainly an online ambulance aggregator, currently claims to have an emergency assistance time of 15 minutes. But this is mainly within the city limits of Hyderabad, and also depends on variables like traffic and timing. 

“If it’s peak hours or if the location of the call is far from a hospital where the vehicle is stationed, it’s not possible to reach earlier,” said an ambulance driver working with the company. StanPlus co-founder Prabhdeep Singh admits that eight-minute ambulance assistance will not be possible in 100% of cases “because of the nature of the market”. He added that the eight-minute goal is only for “true emergencies of cardiac, neurological, multi-trauma and other etiologies”. 

Regardless of the speed of delivery, there’s little doubt that ambulance aggregator startups like StanPlus, Medulance, and AmbiPalm are filling a critical void. 

According to data from India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), the country has 13,535 basic life support basic life support BLS Vehicle Basic Life Support Vehicle is an ambulance that has emergency technicians, but they cannot use needles or other devices that make cuts on the skin and 1,601 advanced life support advanced life support ALS Vehicle Advanced Life Support Vehicle is an ambulance that provides an intensive care unit like setting inside the vehicle and is equipped with all machines to maintain a patient on life support during transit including ventilators. Apart from emergency technicians, ALS vehicles will also have paramedics. vehicles. For a population of 1.38 billion, that’s one ambulance for every ~91,000 people. While this is in line with the World Health Organization’s recommendation of an ambulance for every 100,000 persons, the distribution across India’s 36 states and union territories is not uniform.