Healthcare booking platform Practo, and taxi-hailing platform Uber Monday announced a global partnership to help people reach doctors easily.
Across India, Indonesia, Philippines and Singapore, those who book an appointment on Practo's mobile application will be able to view the closest Uber available along with the appointment reminder alert.
Practo said it will soon cover more countries as the two partners continue their global expansion.
"We work towards providing a simplified healthcare experience that reduces consumer stress and anxiety. Our goal with this partnership is to completely remove patient's anxiety and enhance convenience, by integrating with Uber," Shashank ND, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Practo said in a media release.
The next phase of integration will involve notifying the user to request for an Uber, an hour prior to the appointment. The partnership comes with an India-specific inaugural offer where any existing or new user booking an appointment on Practo till November 30, will get a free ride to and from the doctor's clinic.
Besides, new users who book their first appointment on the Practo application can avail of two free rides, up to Rs. 200 a ride, with Uber till the year-end.
"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." said Shashank ND, Founder & CEO, Practo.
"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," said Amit Jain, President of Uber India.
Written with inputs from PTI