Many of us would appreciate being able to book a table at a restaurant we plan on dining out for the night or the weekend through a smartphone application. What if we could book an appointment to the doctor for a checkup or the dentist for a dental procedure? A new startup company from France is looking to make that a reality and so far it has achieved some limited success in its home country.
Doctolib, a French startup company is looking to make doctor bookings via smartphone a new way of scheduling appointments for the medical industry. It seems that the idea has some validity as the new technology startup has recently gotten an investment of over $28 million dollars. Investors include a major French bank, BPI France and private investor, Ludwig Klitzsch. Previous investors such as tech investment firm, ACCEL and private investors Pierre Kosciusko-Morizet and Nicolas Brusson were also part of the latest round of investments as well.
In addition to the recent $28 million dollar investment, Doctolib got funding in the amount of $20 million dollars towards the end of 2015. The firm says that it plans on expanding its operations outside of France and into new markets very shortly. It also plants on hiring some 150 new employees this year. A lot of these new employees are expected to be in the sales department as well as in IT management of the company’s booking app.
What is the customer experience of Doctolib for a customer? As a customer you can browse around various doctors and see what times they have available for an appointment. When you see a time you like, you just select it and confirm your appointment. There are no calls to make. A text message reminder will be sent out to your phone the day before your appointment as well. It is simple, easy, convenient and hassle free.
For doctors, using the service will cost €99 euros or $106.5 dollars per month. There is no need to install any software or update the software ever. You just log onto the program via the internet and manage your appointments and contacts directly through the program. Doctolib lets doctors focus more on seeing patients and less on managing appointments and making followups.