The Days Of Waiting Room Clipboards May Finally Be Over

ZocDoc screenshotZoc Doc’s new Check-In feature could cut down patients’ wait time in the office.

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ZocDoc, the online service that lets you find and book appointments with doctors online, wants to eliminate one common headache for new patients: paperwork.  Rather than sit for 20 minutes filling out a trees’ worth of medical forms in the doctor’s office, people using Check-In, the site’s most top-requested feature, can simply do it online, saving time and possibly money. 

Check-In promises to cut down on costly medical errors by making patients’ info more legible to office staff and providing an accurate snapshot of patients’ medical history. The latter is key since the average American family of four dropped more than $8,000 for basic health care services in 2011, according to the Milliman Medical Index

To use Check-In, the patient just fills out her insurance info., history, reason for the visit and anything else her doctor should know. The service is slated to roll out in the coming weeks, initially to 10 per cent of ZocDoc’s users in over 1,400 U.S. cities. 

“We hope that ZocDoc Check-In marks the end of the clipboard and further empowers patients to get the care they need,” said ZocDoc founder and CEO Cyrus Massoumi.

So far, we think it looks promising. 

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