Indonesian Health Startup Alodokter Gets Seed Funding

Indonesian health information portal Alodokter today announced that it has received $2.5 million in funding from Golden Gate Ventures, reports Tech In Asia.

The portal brings easy-to-understand and accurate health information to Indonesian web users, with the goal to help people take more informed health decisions.

The app monetizes through advertising, and will be using the newly acquired funds for regional expansion in Southeast Asia.

“Demand for health information was high but there was no reference source of health information available,” says Nathanael Faibis, Founder of Alodokter in an interview with Tech In Asia, 2015.

Alodokter was first launched in July 2014. By January 2015, it had 375,000 monthly unique visitors.

Alodokter offers articles on health, wellness, and family topics. The startup claims it’s now the leading health information website in Indonesia with 8 million unique monthly visitors.

The app gets more page views than competitors in the growing landscape, such as Dokter.id, MeetDoctor and Halodoc, according to Similar web.

Alodokter also lets readers submit questions and chat with doctors for free. Over 100,000 patient questions have been answered to date.

How does Alodokter work?

The app doesn’t give diagnosis or prescriptions, but it focuses on giving quick answers about basic health questions and what to do next in terms of treatment.

The app has also launched an android app in March this year which gives customers a chat function, so they can talk to doctors and get instant responses.

Currently, the main source of revenue are ads related to medical topics. Advertisers are brands such as insurance firms, hospitals and nutrition companies.

A version of this appeared in Tech In Asia on August 5. Read the full version here.

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