NASHVILLE, Tenn. and MEMPHIS, Tenn., May 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- ZocDoc, a free online service and app used by more than 5 million patients each month, arrives in the Nashville and Memphis areas today, helping residents and visitors alike effortlessly secure faster access to quality medical care. With ZocDoc, patients can find nearby, in-network doctors and instantly book appointments online, helping them avoid the hassle typically associated with securing care, such as waiting on hold, coordinating schedules, wondering whether a doctor takes a particular insurance, or even waiting weeks to see the doctor. ZocDoc not only makes this process easier, it also makes it much faster. While the average wait to see a physician is over 18 days, the majority of appointments booked through ZocDoc occur within just 24 – 72 hours.
"After noticing the high demand for our service and the superior healthcare practices and institutions in the area, we're thrilled to now help Tennessee residents easily take control of their health, while helping local physicians improve the efficiency of their practices," said ZocDoc founder & CEO Cyrus Massoumi. "With medical care, one size doesn't fit all. ZocDoc strives to be patients' personal health ally, connecting them with quality physicians who meet their particular needs, when they need them."
To use this free service, patients simply visit the ZocDoc website (www.zocdoc.com) or the free ZocDoc mobile app for iPhone or Android and enter their location, insurance, and the type of doctor they would like to see. They can also search by additional criteria such as gender and languages spoken. ZocDoc then shows local physicians' real-time availability, qualifications, photos, and verified patient reviews to help patients choose the medical provider who best fits their needs. Patients simply select an available appointment time and click to instantly book that appointment. With ZocDoc, patients can book anytime, anywhere – whether the doctor's office is open or closed.
In addition to the free online booking service, patients can also use ZocDoc Check-In to fill out their medical registration forms online prior to their visit and save them for future use. This saves patients time in the waiting room, while providing physicians with more complete and accurate patient information. ZocDoc will also send helpful email and text Appointment Reminders and personalized Wellness Reminders to help patients better manage their health.
Doctors' schedules have up to a 25 percent last-minute change rate (including cancellations, reschedules, etc.). ZocDoc's online marketplace reveals this hidden supply of doctor appointments and makes it instantly available online in real time. This transparency not only reduces patients' long wait times, it also increases efficiency and productivity for local medical practices by optimizing doctors' schedules and freeing office staff to focus on other patient needs. Such a service is vital given the country's current doctor shortage, and the recent influx of millions of newly insured patients under the Affordable Care Act.
Today, patients in Tennessee can use ZocDoc to book appointments with participating primary care doctors; obstetrician-gynecologists; dermatologists; ear, nose, and throat doctors; and dentists. Additional physicians and specialties will continually be added in the coming months. ZocDoc is currently available in over 2,000 US cities, and covers over 40 percent of the US population.
More than five million patients use ZocDoc each month to find a nearby doctor or dentist, read verified reviews and health content, and instantly book appointments online. By revealing the 'hidden supply' of appointments, ZocDoc helps patients receive faster access to care and optimizes doctors' schedules. With ZocDoc Check-In, patients can fill out their paperwork online prior to their appointment, and physicians receive more complete and accurate patient information. ZocDoc is currently available across 2,000 cities and towns, and covers 40 percent of the US population. This service is free for patients via ZocDoc.com or the free ZocDoc app for iPhone and Android.
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