SAN ANTONIO, Feb. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- ZocDoc arrives in the San Antonio area today, helping residents and visitors alike effortlessly secure faster access to local medical care. ZocDoc is a free service that allows patients to find a doctor nearby who accepts their insurance, view the doctor's real-time availability, and then instantly book an appointment online. The typical ZocDoc patient sees a doctor in just 24 to 72 hours – a vast improvement from the three week national average that patients currently wait to see a doctor.
At launch, patients can use ZocDoc to book appointments with participating San Antonio primary care doctors, obstetrician-gynecologists, and eye doctors. Other specialists, including dentists, dermatologists, ear, nose, and throat doctors, and many more will soon be available in San Antonio.
To use this free service, patients simply visit the ZocDoc website (www.zocdoc.com) or the free ZocDoc mobile app (iPhone, Android, and Blackberry) and enter their location, insurance, and the type of doctor they would like to see. ZocDoc then shows local physicians' real-time availability, qualifications, and verified patient reviews to help patients choose the San Antonio doctor who best fits their needs. Patients then select an available appointment time and complete a brief confirmation process. With ZocDoc, patients can book anytime, anywhere – whether the doctor's office is open or closed.
ZocDoc allows San Antonio patients to get faster care by revealing a hidden supply of doctor appointments (including many last-minute cancellations) and making them instantly available online. This transparency reduces patients' long wait times and increases efficiency for local medical practices – a vital service given the country's current doctor shortage, which only stands to become worse with 32 million new patients entering the system under the Affordable Care Act.
"We hope San Antonio residents will use ZocDoc to gain fast access to the quality care they need and deserve," said ZocDoc founder & CEO Cyrus Massoumi. "We have all experienced how difficult it can be to find the right doctor and quickly secure an appointment, and ZocDoc aims to be a personal health ally to patients who want care that works for them."
In the coming months, San Antonio patients will also be able to use ZocDoc Check-In – the #1 most requested new feature to date by patients using ZocDoc. After booking an appointment, ZocDoc Check-In allows patients to fill out their medical forms online, at their convenience, prior to their visit. ZocDoc securely saves this information and will pre-fill forms when a patient books with a participating ZocDoc physician again in the future.
ZocDoc is currently available in over 1,700 US cities, and covers over 40 percent of the US population. ZocDoc also offers a Spanish-language version of its free service called ZocDoc en Espanol (espanol.zocdoc.com; iPhone and Android) that helps Hispanic patients effortlessly find Spanish-speaking doctors and book appointments with them.
More than 2.5 million patients each month use ZocDoc to find a nearby doctor or dentist and instantly book an appointment online. The company's most recent product, ZocDoc Check-In, allows patients to fill out their paperwork online in advance of their appointment. By revealing the 'hidden supply' of appointments, ZocDoc helps patients receive faster access to care and optimizes doctors' schedules. ZocDoc has raised $95 million in investments to date and is currently available in +1,700 cities and covers 40 percent of the US population. This service is free for patients via ZocDoc.com or the free ZocDoc apps for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry. A Spanish-language version called ZocDoc en Espanol is also available (espanol.zocdoc.com; iPhone and Android).
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