ZocDoc, a service that lets patients search for doctors and book appointments online, has launched in the Seattle region.
Primary care physicians, obstetrician-gynecologists and dermatologists are now offering more than 50,000 appointments through the service in the Washington cities of Seattle, Bellevue and Tacoma. Additional doctors, specialties and appointment times will be added in coming months, the company said.
Patients can book appointments at any time, even when a doctor's office is closed, by using a computer or smartphone application. The service also lets patients sort medical providers by location and the types of health insurance the provider accepts. Other search options allow you to choose doctors based on their qualifications, languages spoken, professional statements and other criteria. Forty percent of appointments scheduled by ZocDoc occur within one day, and 60 percent occur within three days.
Founded in 2007, ZocDoc is also available in 13 other metropolitan areas -- Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami-Palm Beach, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.