For busy parents, scheduling the kids doctor and dentist appointments can be just one more chore - not to mention that parents have to schedule their own medical appointments, too. ZocDoc.com, an online service makes it possible to search and book medical appointments, is out to make this chore a little easier.
With search options that enable the user to find a medical practitioner by name, speciality, procedure, insurance coverage, or location, ZocDoc hopes to not only make appointments easier to book online, but to be a partner in the overall management of your health care.
In addition to being helpful for scheduling recurring appointments with your local doctor, ZocDoc is a great way to find a doctor if you are away from home and in need of immediate medical attention. I know I wish I had known about this service while I was frantically calling for a pediatric eye doctor for my daughter when we were on vacation this summer (in the end I had to settle for an ophthalmologist who did not take our insurance).
You can also sign-up on ZocDoc for automatic appointment reminders, for when it's time to do it all again.
ZocDoc is available in many major cities and metropolitan areas (including New York, Atlanta, Phoenix and Los Angeles), and is currently working on a roll-out of nationwide coverage.
All ZocDoc features are offered free to the user.
Anna Sandler is a contributor to Momtrends and writes a personal mom blog at RandomHandprints.com.