Today’s EHR and HIT news includes a customer update from Allscripts as well as two instances of partnership news. The first between CareCloud and ZocDoc and the second between Codonics and Intelligent Hospital Systems. [Read more…]
The restaurant reservations system Open Table has been a real time saver for many who need to make dinner reservations in larger cities. The system allows you to make time specific reservations for participating restaurants and also provides links to reviews, menus and photos to those restaurants. The Open Table system, which started in 1999 in San Francisco, provides a valuable service to both the restaurant patron and to the restaurant itself. After several years of slow growth the Open Table service now offers reservations in most large cities in all 50 states.
There is an obvious need for a service like this for Physicians that could save considerable time for both the patient and the doctor’s staff. These services would streamline the process of making appointments as well as providing directions and identifying insurance coverages accepted.
An article appeared yesterday in Kaiser Health News and USA Today that focused ZocDoc.com as an early leader in this new field. ZocDoc currently offers dental, primary care, dermatologist, eye-specialist, ENT, orthopedist, OB/GYN, allergist, podiatrist, cardiologist, pediatrician, radiologist and psychiatrist appointments in the following US cities:
- New York City
- Washington DC
- San Francisco
Initial use of the system is extremely simple. You enter the type of specialty you require, your zip code and your insurance company. Clicking the “book online” button takes you to a results screen with a list of available physicians as well as a Google Map that shows their locations.
ZocDoc is not the first to offer this type of service and they won’t be the last but with a powerful investment group that includes Khosla Ventures and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos it would be hard to bet against them. Any thoughts on when ZocDoc will be offering appointments in a city near you?