Online health platform Practo has decided to branch beyond doctors’ search and offer its users the ability to also find the closest diagnostic center for conducting tests. It has currently launched in eight cities in India currently, and has filled up its database with nearly 4,000 labs. Also Read - Massive rise in mental health awareness in India: Practo
This new lab search feature will also allow users to filter results according to proximity, check quality of the lab, see high resolution images of the lab, find out best prices of tests by comparing price lists of different labs and will even tell you whether the diagnostic centre provides home-pickup facility or not. Also Read - Practo reveals new brand identity ‘Your Home for Health’, changes logo
This means that now if users want to compare the price of a particular X-ray in all labs near his house, the new search feature will give him a comprehensive search result of the most cheapest to the most expensive lab in his area. Practo will also informs users if the recommended lab is good in quality or not. Also Read - Apple inaugurates App Accelerator in Bengaluru for developers
“This is the first of our upcoming launches to cover curative, fitness and well segments as we march towards achieving Practo’s promise of being ‘Your Health App’. Diagnostic search will provide tremendous convenience and a much simplified way of finding the right center to get your tests done. Never before have consumers been able to get such detailed information about labs instantly, and wherever they might be – whether exiting a clinic or from the comfort of their home,” said co-founder and CEO Shashank ND.
The new diagnostic search feature is currently available in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune, Nashik and Trivandrum. The company assures that it will expand its services to 35 cities in India and Practo’s international markets in the coming months.
This new search function is available on the iOS and Android app, as well as the website. The Bangalore-based startup is backed by investors like Sequoia Capital and Matrix Partners. It raised $30 million recently, and is looking to raise more Rs 400 crore in latest round of funding, for which it is currently in talks with Google Capital and even Russian millionaire Yuri Milner.