Booking platform for healthcare professionals ZocDoc has named former U.S. Senators Tom Daschle and Dr. Bill Frist to its advisory board.
ZocDoc, which launched at TechCrunch in 2007,automates a task that can be incredibly frustrating and time-consuming for consumers. ZocDoc allows users to book their doctor appointments online, even for same-day appointments.
Patients can see real-time availability of doctors in their area, confirm who accepts their insurance plan and read feedback and reviews of doctors from other patients.allows consumers to find and book appointments with doctors, dentists and other health professionals online. And the service is free for patients.
On the health care side of things, ZocDoc integrates with doctors’ calendars in real-time and helps taps into the hidden supply of medical providers’ availabilities, such as the 10 to 20 percent of medical appointments that are cancelled or rescheduled at the last-minute. Doctors pay $250 per month for ZocDoc.
Cyrus Massoumi, co-founder and CEO of ZocDoc, tells me that both Daschle and Frist’s experience in healthcare will help the company strategize their growth plans going forward.
Frist, a former Republican Senator for Tennessee, is also a physician, and made healthcare policy one of his major legislative issues while he was in office. Daschle also championed healthcare issues while in the Senate (as a Democrat), focusing on universal healthcare in particular. He was also nominated by President Obama for the position of Health and Human Services Secretary.
ZocDoc, which has received $95 million in funding from DST, Goldman Sachs, Khosla Ventures, Founders Fund, Marc Benioff and Jeff Bezos, is available in 13 metropolitan areas, six of which were launched in 2011. ZocDoc currently offers nearly 6 million available appointments with doctors and medical practitioners from among over 40 medical specialties, and is used by over 800,000 patients each month.
Check out our recent Founder Stories segment on ZocDoc here.