Practo app review: A ‘healthy’ search engine with a lot of potential

Practco is a 'Health and Fitness' app which can be used to search doctors and clinics in your city.

Written by Krishna Vamsi | New Delhi | Published:May 11, 2015 11:20 am
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Practco is a ‘Health and Fitness’ app which can be used to search doctors and clinics in your city and book appointments on the go. It’s available for free on both Android and iOS platforms.

Practo has got a decent UI with many functions to fiddle with. Once you login, you will have 22 cities in India to search for doctors and clinics. Strangely, it added a couple of other countries as well (Philippines and Singapore). The navigation is pretty convenient in this app. Once you are on the home dashboard, every other tab or option is just a click back and f​​orth. The app says it lists around ‘120,000+ verified doctors and clinical profiles’ which is not that hard to believe once you start searching​ ​.

The three tabs on home screen is all the app has got for you. Even the arrangement of tabs goes with the basic classification.

Speciality [Tab 1]: That’s the speciality and the most important feature of this app. You can select from around 200 specialities around your city. This feature has a decent number of search results showing up under most of the cities and you can see a counter at the top right corner of the window. This screen is appealing as the search is quite refined with scrolling cards of docs with various fields like experience, consultation fee, pictures (for some), address, like button, customers feedback.

Once you click on a card, you will be directed to the another screen which gives the complete details of the doctor, the appointment slots available and info about other hospitals where the doctor practices.

The second and third tabs more or less let you search for doctors or clinics which you know or want to know about. In addition to this, Practo also provides a personalised dashboard to keep a track of your appointments.

Now for the USP of this app, the filter. Personally this feature is really helpful as it lets you tailor your search with options to set consultation fee (yes, free consultation docs are also available), types of booking, days, time and gender preference of the doctor.

Another hallmark feature for the Android app (sorry, not for iOS) is its ability to hook up with Google Maps to provide excellent navigation experience. Once you turn on the GPS in your Android smartphone, the app will let you search for doctors near your current location.

The app is based on a great concept and if it could improve on the nuances and add more options, it can seriously tap the 30 billion dollar health industry. But for know, the free service is more than rewarding.

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