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1mg launches doctor search & appointment booking app

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…

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