ST. LOUIS, Mo., Dec. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ZocDoc arrives in the St. Louis 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 instantly book an appointment online. The typical ZocDoc patient sees a doctor in 24 to 72 hours – a vast improvement from the +20 day national average that patients currently wait to see a doctor.
At present, patients can use ZocDoc to book appointments with participating St. Louis primary care doctors, obstetrician-gynecologists, dentists, and eye doctors. Other specialists, including dermatologists, ear, nose, and throat doctors, and many more will soon be added to the service.
To use this free tool, 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 St. Louis 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 St. Louis 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 have all experienced how frustrating and disheartening it can be to find the right doctor and quickly secure an appointment, but ZocDoc is a personal health ally to patients who want care that works for them," said ZocDoc founder and CEO Cyrus Massoumi. "We hope St. Louis residents will use ZocDoc to gain fast access to the quality care they need and deserve."
In the coming months, St. Louis 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 currently offers appointments with healthcare providers in 34 major metropolitan markets across the US, including Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Ft. Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Long Island, New York City, Northern New Jersey, Northern Virginia, Orange County, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, San Diego, San Gabriel Valley, San Jose, San Fernando Valley, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Washington, DC, and West Palm Beach. ZocDoc is available in over 1,500 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 Español (espanol.zocdoc.com; iPhone and Android) that helps Hispanic patients effortlessly find Spanish-speaking doctors and book appointments with them.
Two million patients use ZocDoc each month 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 a 'hidden supply' of appointments, ZocDoc helps patients receive faster access to care and optimizes doctors' schedules. Founded in 2007, ZocDoc has raised $95 million in investments to date and is currently available in 34 US markets, over 1500 cities, and covers 40 percent of the US population. This service is free for patients via ZocDoc.com or its free apps for iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry. A Spanish-language version called ZocDoc en Español is also available (espanol.zocdoc.com; iPhone and Android).
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