We’re all familiar with OpenTable and its awesomely easy and convenient restaurant reservation system. What if there was a similar self-service appointment system for doctors? And what if that system also knew what kind of health insurance I have and could search for in-network doctors in my neighborhood?
Questions answered: the team over at ZocDoc which just landed a $15 million Series B round led by Founders Fund, has developed a Web service that enables patients to find doctors and make appointments (even same-day!) and helps health care providers to more efficiently manage their appointment books.
I checked out the service and it’s pretty cool. Enter your health insurance information and ZocDoc will pull up a list of health care providers in your area (the service is currently available in New York, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Chicago), along with each provider’s availability. Each provider has a profile page that lists his or her contact information, credentials, relationships with insurance companies, availability, and reviews from patients.
I use OpenTable all the time, and if I were looking for a new doctor, I would definitely use ZocDoc. I know that similar services already exist for the fitness and beauty industries, but this is the first I’ve seen for health care. Would you be comfortable making a dentist or doctor appointment over the Web? Which other industries would you like to see adopt this method of scheduling?