DENVER, May 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Today ZocDoc introduces its service to the Rocky Mountain region, offering instant online access to appointments with Greater Denver's leading doctors, including those affiliated with HealthONE. At launch, this free service provides patients with their choice of thousands of available appointments with participating primary care doctors, obstetrician-gynecologists, dermatologists and eye doctors throughout the Denver metropolitan area. Additional doctors, specialties, and appointment times will be added in coming months.
To use this free service, patients can visit the ZocDoc website (www.zocdoc.com) or use the ZocDoc app to enter their location, insurance plan, and the type of healthcare provider they would like to see. ZocDoc then shows each doctor's schedule in real time, along with verified qualifications, doctor reviews, photos, and more to help patients choose the practitioner who best fits their needs. Patients simply select a timeslot and complete a brief checkout process to book an appointment. ZocDoc sends email and text message appointment reminders for added convenience. The service eliminates time-consuming phone calls so that patients can book anywhere, anytime, even when the doctor's office is closed.
ZocDoc's mission to improve healthcare access is made possible through strategic partnerships with leading organizations like HealthONE, who is committed to providing its patients with the highest level of service. Many primary care doctors and OB/GYNs affiliated with HealthONE have signed on to offer appointments via ZocDoc, allowing HealthONE patients to enjoy around-the-clock access to their providers' calendars, and the convenience of online scheduling.
"We know our patients are busy people and taking time for personal health can sometimes be challenging," said Dr. Alan Burgess, Medical Director for HealthONE Physician Care. "By partnering with ZocDoc, we are able to provide hassle-free online appointment booking wherever our patients live, work, or play. Patients can make a doctor's appointment after the office has closed and they don't have to worry about when the office can fit them in since they are able to see doctors' real-time availability and can simply click to book. Our doctors and patients are very pleased with ZocDoc after these first few weeks with the service."
Denver residents wait more than 15 days on average for medical appointments, according to a study by healthcare search and consulting firm Merritt Hawkins. ZocDoc's unique system shows doctors' availability in real-time, and makes open appointment times instantly accessible online. The system thus reduces wait times for patients and increases efficiency for medical providers. Forty percent of all appointments scheduled by ZocDoc users occur within one day, and 60 percent of ZocDoc appointments take place within three days.
"We are excited to bring ZocDoc to Denver, helping patients in the area receive the fast access to medical care that they need and deserve," said Cyrus Massoumi, founder & CEO of ZocDoc. "The area's leading physicians, including those affiliated with HealthONE, have embraced ZocDoc to provide better service to both new and existing patients."
The Denver region is the 19th area to welcome ZocDoc. The service currently offers medical appointments in major metropolitan areas including Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami-Palm Beach, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa Bay, and Washington, DC.
ZocDoc, founded in 2007, is improving access to healthcare by enabling patients to search for doctors, sort by location and insurance accepted, read verified reviews, and instantly book an appointment online or via the free ZocDoc Apps for iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry. There are over 7 million medical appointments available on ZocDoc. More than 1.3 million people use ZocDoc to find a doctor or dentist each month. To learn more about ZocDoc, please visit the ZocDoc press room. Follow the latest ZocDoc news on the ZocDoc blog, via Twitter, or on Facebook
HealthONE is the largest health care system in the metro Denver area with more than 9,000 employees and 3,000 affiliated physicians. HealthONE hospitals have a long and trusted legacy going back more than 130 years with St. Luke's, more than 85 years with Presbyterian Denver, more than 105 years with Swedish and more than 60 years with Rose. The current health system was created in 1995 as a Colorado company and a joint venture between The Colorado Health Foundation and various affiliates of HCA. The Foundation grew to the second largest charitable foundation in the state and in October 2011 sold its share in HealthONE to HCA (NYSE: HCA).
HealthONE includes: The Medical Center of Aurora; North Suburban Medical Center and the Northeast ER (opening April 2012); Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center & Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children; Rose Medical Center; Sky Ridge Medical Center; Swedish Medical Center; Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital; Centennial Medical Plaza (affiliated with The Medical Center of Aurora); Swedish Southwest ER (affiliated with Swedish Medical Center); 14 stand-alone ambulatory surgery centers;7 occupational medicine & rehabilitation clinics; dozens of specialty clinics; two radiation oncology centers; and AirLife DENVER, which provides critical care air and ground transportation across a 10-state region.
Senior PR Manager, ZocDoc
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Leslie K. Horna
Director of Corporate Communications & Community Affairs, HealthONE
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