Yesterday, DocSuggest officially announced that the online doctor search portal is now transforming into Ziffi.com. With new brand and domain name DocSuggest is expanding from doctor search and appointment service to a comprehensive health and personal care search and appointments service.
Notably, the Mumbai based startup has also raised Rs 15 crore in series A funding from Orios Venture Partners. Docsuggest will use the funding to expand its coverage in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore & Hyderabad and strengthen technology interface, enhance design and initiate an aggressive marketing and brand building campaign
Curretly, Docsuggest is used to be an online booking engine for doctors appointments and beauty salons.
In DocSuggest official blog, it is stated – “After 5 years, 15000 doctors, 2.5Lakhs appointments, over a Million users and many mistakes later, we are even more optimistic, hungry and revving to achieve bigger and faster. DocSuggest is expanding from doctor search and appointment service to a comprehensive health and personal care search and appointments service.”
The Mumbai-based venture was founded in 2010 by IIT Bombay and IIT Kharagpur alumni Shantanu Jha, Keerthi Kiran Chennupati, Pushkar Soni and Anshuman Pandey.
Ziffi currently claims to have 1.2 million users and is adding 7,000-10,000 new users every month. The service is free for patients and it charges a fixed amount to the service provider for each appointment booked.
Ziffi will compete with several vertical focused players which have also attracted investor interest. Healthcare appointments platform Practo Technologies, which has already got Rs 25 crore backing from Sequoia, is expected to raise about $20 million in fresh funding this year. Another competitor is HelpingDoc which raised Rs 10 crore Singapore’s Senior Marketing Systems (SMS) in August followed by Lybrate, which got Rs 7-8 crore from Nexus Venture Partners. Another one is new entrant PathDoor, which also lets you compare and book diagnostic lab tests in Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi at a discounted price.
DocSuggest provides real time, accurate and detailed analysis about healthcare services including doctors’ profiles, schedule, specialties, rating, reviews by previous patients, etc about available options enabling users to make an informed decision.
After selection of a preferred healthcare facility, the user can book a real-time appointment with the healthcare facility of his/her choice.
After transforming into Ziffi.com completely, the portal along with current services of doctor search and appointment service, will also provide comprehensive health and personal care search and appointments services.