Practo, one of Asia’s largest healthcare booking platforms, and Uber, a ride-hailing technology platform, announced a partnership that will make it easier for consumers to reach doctors.
Practo users across Philippines, Indonesia, India and Singapore who book an appointment on Practo’s app will now be able to see the closest Uber available when they get a reminder alert for their appointments. Users can then click the reminder notification and complete the booking process.
“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 of Practo.
New users who book their first appointment on the Practo app can use the promotion code UBERPRACTOMNL to avail two free rides, up to P300 per ride, with Uber. This offer is valid until the end of 2015.
In addition to viewing the estimated fare and how long it will take for the Uber to arrive, the driver’s app will be prefilled with the final destination’s address at the beginning of the trip. On requesting an Uber, the user’s final destination will be autofilled on the driver’s app once the trip starts. The next phase of integration will involve notifying the user to request for an Uber, an hour prior to the appointment.
The partnership in four markets – India, Indonesia, Philippines and Singapore – will soon expand to cover more countries as Practo and Uber continue their expansion.