Innovation in the consumer health care (personal health tech) industry hasn’t evolved as quickly as some expected a decade ago, but there are a handful of startups disrupting the traditional sector.
One of the more notable companies is NY based ZocDoc, a service that allows patients to search for Doctors or Dentists based on their needs, insurance, and location. After finding a suitable consultant, ZocDoc displays a timetable of appointments and allows you to register for a time in addition to conveying your reasons for the visit.
This is especially nice for patients that don’t know the best Doctors in their area or who don’t have the time to play phone tag while attempting to schedule an office visit. The service also cuts down on the clerical work previously necessary to bring new patients on board. Doctors must pay a monthly fee of $300 to have their practice listed but likely recoup the upfront cost through increased business. Venture Beat recently noted that appointments booked on the service reached their highest level in 5 years of operating.
ZocDoc has raised $95M in the secondary markets and attracted investors such as Goldman Sachs, The Founders Fund, and Khosla Ventures. In the latest round of funding (September 2011) the company was valued at $749M.
The service is available in 34 metropolitan areas and growing by the day. I recommend trying ZocDoc and suggesting it to your Doctor and Dentist so they join the database.