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ZocDoc helps book last-minute appointments
Updated: 2/25/2008 12:05:22 PM
 

A new company that allows dental patients to book last-minute appointments online for instant verification is helping patients get quick treatment.

The service called ZocDoc has been compared to OpenTable, which allows users to make reservations at restaurants quickly and fill up unused or canceled reservations at the last minute. The website allows dentist practices and customers to make appointments faster and easier with less phone calls and long waiting times for urgent procedures.

ZocDoc is a New York-based business that started last April by two healthcare entrepreneurs, Cyrus Massoumi and Oliver Kharraz. Doctors can use the service to not only increase awareness about their services but also to attract customers to an easier, more effective way of booking appointments.

The online service has also been selected as a finalist for the Webware 100, a yearly competition that picks the top 100 websites and that allows the general public to vote on the winners until March 21st. Other nominees in the Commerce and Events category include eBay, Amazon and Google.

Mr. Kharraz, co-founder and MD of ZocDoc, said: "We've had appointments available on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, on Sunday and as early as 6 am in the morning. Patients with an emergency used to suffer until normal business hours resumed, or wait a long time in an emergency room. Now patients book online to be seen the same day, sometimes within 15 minutes of booking."



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