Practo, an Indian healthcare technology startup has announced its teaming up with taxi-hailing platform Uber to help people reach doctors with ease.
Practo, which operates in India, Indonesia, Philippines and Singapore, allows it users to book an appointment with the doctor on its app. Now with this partnership, the user through the Practo app will be able to see the closest Uber available when they get a reminder notification for their appointments. Through it, users can book a cab and complete the process.
Just like on the Uber app, Practo will give an estimated time for cab arrival, the destination which would be pre-filled and the estimated fare. The nest step of integration would be to involve notifying the user to request for an Uber an hour before the time of appointment.
Shashank ND, founder & CEO, “We work relentlessly towards providing a simplified healthcare experience that reduces consumer stress and anxiety at every level. We realized that transportation issues often bring additional stress to a doctor’s visit – having to drive through traffic, then hunt for parking – all while you or your loved one is sitting in the car feeling ill is a terrible experience. There are also many patients who may not be able to drive themselves to a doctor at all. Our goal with this partnership is to completely remove this anxiety by integrating with Uber’s incredible experience and bringing that to our consumers.”
Amit Jain, president of Uber India, ” At Uber, our mission is to bring safe, convenient and reliable rides at the push of a button to everyone, everywhere. We are delighted to partner with Practo to provide people with convenient access to quality healthcare services. The technology integration through this partnership reflects our common commitment to create seamless experience for all our users.”
As an inaugural offer for India, the existing or new users booking an appointment on Practo till November 30, will get a free ride to and from the doctor’s clinic. Apart from this. new users who book their first appointment on Practo application can avail of two free rides, up to Rs.200, with Uber till the year-end.