Home > companies > 1mg launches diagnostic test-booking service

Online health products vendor Healthkart’s generic drugs search business, 1mg, launched a diagnostic test-booking service on Tuesday.

The service will allow users to book an array of diagnostic tests with certified laboratories such as Metropolis, Oncquest, Thyrocare, Molecure and Wellness Pathcare across Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Thane and Pune.

Users can book an appointment for a lab technician to visit their homes at a preferred time for free sample collection. In addition, they will also be able to receive their reports in a digital format online, besides getting a hard copy of the same.

The service can be availed through the app as well as from the site. The company claims the app has already seen three million downloads.

“Through e-diagnosis, our goal is to provide a very convenient platform for booking lab tests... and enable choice for the consumer based on transparent price comparison," said Prashant Tandon, founder of 1mg.

Prior to this, the company provided home delivery of prescription, over-the-counter and super-speciality medicines. Recently, it launched 1mgAYUSH, a platform for homeopathic medicines as well.

The development comes a few months after Healthkart spun off its drug search business HealthkartPlus and re-branded it 1mg. The company also raised $6 million for the new business from its existing investors such as Sequoia Capital, Intel Capital and Omidayar Network. Deep Kalra, founder of travel portal MakeMyTrip, also participated in the round.

While Tandon took charge of 1mg, Sameer Maheshwari, another co-founder, continued to head Healthkart.

Founded in 2011, HealthKart has so far raised $22 million. The parent will continue to focus on the fitness and nutrition business.

1mg is in competition with companies such as doctor discovery platform Practo, which has over 4,000 labs across eight cities, including chains such as Suburban Diagnostics, SRL Labs and Metropolis. It also offers users a subscription model to get samples picked up from home for diagnosis.

Another company Ziffi (earlier known as DocSuggest) also allows users to book appointments at diagnostic centres with the home pick-up option.

Subscribe to newsletters
* Enter a valid email
* Thank you for subscribing to our newsletter.

Click here to read the Mint ePaper Livemint.com is now on Telegram. Join Livemint channel in your Telegram and stay updated

My Reads Logout