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e-Channelling’s new unit to include intl. business

By Duruthu Edirimuni Chandrasekera

e-Channelling PLC, the company well known for centralized doctors’ appointment booking system, is looking to start a new unit which will include its international operations, marketing and software engineering functions, officials said.

They said that the earlier plan to re-name the business to include its core function, which is developing software for the healthcare sector, will not materialize immediately. “e-Channelling is among the top 100 brands in the country. So the idea to reposition e-Channelling as a company and reposition the understanding of the people (of what e- Channelling is) by changing its name won’t happen at this stage," an official told the Business Times.

He said the company has been developing software for pharmacies, laboratories, medical centres, etc for the past five years, which is their core function and they are evaluating how best they can reposition this brand along with the company. “We are planning to form a new company by the end of the second quarter of this year,” he added. He said that from the same software solution, e-Channelling has derived software to manage operations of medical clinics, retail pharmacies and medical laboratories.

He said that e- Channelling is a unique concept in the South Asia and Asia Pacific regions and it has plans to introduce this doctors’ appointment business to both these regions. “We have aspirations to expand internationally and we are working towards that,” he added.

He said that as a part of that international expansion, e-Channeling already signed up in Maldives with Watania Telecom, a part of Q-Tel (Qatar), a development reported by the Business Times in January. The company is also planning a share split soon.

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