Health-care startup DocTalk, an app which allows doctors and patients to stay in touch and skip in-person follow-on visits, has raised $5 million in its first institutional round of funding led by Silicon Valley venture fund Khosla Ventures and Matrix Partners India.

Mumbai headquartered Doctalk, which is backed by Y Combinator-backed earlier, also saw participation from other Silicon Valley investors like Liquid2 Ventures, Altair Capital, YS partner Paul Buchheit who created Gmail, Arihant Patni, Apoorva Patni, Vy Capital, among others.

The startup plans to use latest raised capital to expand its team and on board hospital chains on its platform.

Founded in 2016 by Akshat Goenka, Krishna Chaitanya Aluru and Vamsee Chamarkura, DocTalk is a mobile app that allows its users to connect with doctor and skip the hassle of an in-person visit. Users can chat with their doctors, obtain prescriptions and share new reports with their doctors. The startup claims to have about 500 doctors using its services serving about 30,000 patients.

At present DocTalk has operations in Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad.

Akshat Goenka, co-founder and CEO, of DocTalk said, "We are looking to hire across departments such as sales, operations and technology as we plan to expand into new cities. We also have to develop a deeper presence in our existing markets."

Unlike other health apps like Practo, Doctalk is not solving the problem of discovery of doctors. Its instead simplifying and improving doctors' lives by giving them complete control over their patient communication and practice.

The startup aims to address the doctor-patient communication problem giving doctors the chance to engage with patients post consultation as well.

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