TAMPA BAY, Fla., April 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ZocDoc arrives in the Tampa Bay area today with a mission of improving local residents' access to 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 service also helps patients secure faster access to care; the typical ZocDoc user sees a doctor within 24 to 72 hours – a vast improvement from the average three week wait that patients in the U.S. experience when seeing a doctor.
At launch, ZocDoc offers appointments with participating primary care doctors, obstetrician-gynecologists, and dermatologists throughout the Tampa Bay area, with many more specialties soon to be launched on the service.
To use this free tool, patients simply enter their location, insurance, and the type of doctor they would like to see on the ZocDoc website (www.zocdoc.com) or the free ZocDoc mobile app. The service then shows local doctors' availability, credentials, and verified patient reviews to help Tampa Bay patients choose the physician who best fits their needs. Patients then select an available appointment time and complete a brief confirmation process. Additionally, ZocDoc's free mobile app for iPhone, Android, and Blackberry allows patients to find doctors and secure appointments anytime, anywhere – whether the doctor's office is open or closed.
"We've heard from Tampa Bay patients about their long waits for doctor's appointments, and we're thrilled to see local doctors embracing ZocDoc to provide better service to both new and existing patients," said ZocDoc CEO Cyrus Massoumi. "As a Florida native, I'm particularly excited to bring ZocDoc to Tampa Bay, helping patients in the area receive the fast access to medical care that they deserve."
ZocDoc puts some of the power back in Tampa Bay patients' hands 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 doctors' practices – a vital service given the country's current doctor shortage.
The Tampa Bay region is the 18th area to welcome ZocDoc's service. ZocDoc currently offers medical appointments in major metropolitan areas across the US including Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami-Palm Beach, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa Bay, and Washington, D.C.
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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 1.2 million people use ZocDoc to find a doctor or dentist each month.