Online pharmacy marketplace 1mg (formerly HealthKartPlus) has launched a doctor discovery and appointment booking Android app called Doctors by 1mg. The app currently lists about 15,000 doctors in Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida, Faridabad, and Ghaziabad, across 230 specialties and 10,000 clinics. It also features over 5000 user reviews. The company claims that it’ll expand this service to over 15 cities by the end of this year, though it didn’t mention any specific cities or when the expansion is likely to begin.
The app allows users to search for doctors based on their area of specialization such as general practitioners, gynecologists, cardiologists and dentists among others. The app also lists alternative medicine practitioners, like homeopathy and Ayurveda. Filters on the home screen will allow users to refine their search based on the doctor’s fees and distance of the clinic/hospital. Users can also ask for doctor recommendations from friends and family using the app, anonymously.
Competition: There are a number of other web and mobile-based doctor discovery and appointment booking platforms, including Practo which had raised $30 million led by existing investor Sequoia Capital and with participation from Matrix Partners, in February this year. The startup planned to use the funds to expand to 35 more cities in India over the next six months and for hiring. It is currently operational in Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Pune, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bangalore among other cities in India, as well as in Singapore and metro Manila in the Philippines. Practo offers almost the same set of features as Doctors by 1mg. Other players in this segment include:
– Doctor search & appointment booking platform Qikwell had raised Rs 18 crore in Series A funding from SAIF Partners in November last year. Earlier, the platform had secured Rs 1.2 crore in angel funding from a group of investors, including Amit Somani, Sunil Kalra and Alok Mittal.
– Last year, directory services company Justdial had revealed that it had developed a new vendor application targeted at doctors that will allow doctors to schedule appointments with their patients as well as save patient records on the cloud. Using this app, doctors will be able to save patient’s basic information, patient symptoms, prescribed medications and family medical history among others. JustDial had rolled out doctor appointments on its site last year as part of its transition to a services-focused transaction platform.
– In September last year, healthcare services company DocSuggest had expanded beyond doctor appointment service to a health and personal care search and appointments service called Ziffi. Post this rebranding, the company has alsoraised Rs 15 crore Series A investment from the recently formed Orios Venture Partners. DocSuggest had also raised an undisclosed amount from Google India MD Rajan Anandan and other existing investors in April 2013.
– Delhi-based healthcare venture HelpingDoc had raised Rs 10 crore funding from Singapore-based Senior Marketing Systems (SMS). The company had said then, it would aim to enroll over 20,000 doctors in the next two years.
– Doctor directory and clinic management system Lybrate had secured $1.225 million investment in August last year. Lybrate allows patients to identify doctors based on specialty and location. The service is available in more than 20 cities, including Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad. Subsequently, the company had also launched dedicated Android apps for doctors and patients.
– Healthcare startup eVaidya had raised Rs 3.5 crore from existing investors in February last year. eVaidya also offers some kind of management system for doctors which stores patient health records and offers remote consultation.
Homeobuy acquisition: Last month, 1mg acquired the alternate medicine websiteHomeobuy for an undisclosed amount. Post acquisition, Homeobuy has been rebranded to 1mgAyush and will sell homeopathic and ayurvedic medicines to customers in New Delhi. Homeobuy lists various Indian homeopathic and biochemic medicines, along with its description, active ingredients, recommended dosage and mode of action among others. Users can also use the platform to get in touch with the company’s homeopathic panel, which it claims will provide users with an online prescription for their condition.