Finding Providers Online
Question for you: How do you find your medical provider?
The most obvious of answers to this question is our dear
friend, Google. What was life like before this search engine giant? I
don't remember. I mean, seriously, who doesn't google twenty things
throughout the course of the day? The truth is, however, there are many other great
sites specifically dedicated to helping patients find a qualified medical
A newer site that I find to be particularly useful is Zoc
Doc. You can browse the net, shop, order food and now book the next
available appointment with your doctor all within a couple of clicks. This
option saves the often time-consuming step of the phone call. Who likes to
wait on hold, anyway? Man, I wish I had thought of that.
What I also like about sites like Zoc Doc is that all of
the reviews on their site are of confirmed patients. The medical office
must confirm that they were seen before the review is posted. And patients
on the site tend to show the important things that other potential patients
would typically consider in choosing a provider, such as overall impression, quality
of care, wait time, etc. It is not simply a site with positive or negative
feedback from people who are not even confirmed patients.
I think accuracy in reviews helps both patients and
providers who are on the sites - negative feedback (if from a real patient) can
serve to better the practice. This site, unlike some others out there,
seems to represent offices as professional establishments and not simply a
forum for people to rant and rave on their site.
As of right now, there is no way to list non-MD
providers on Zoc Doc. Hmm...I may just have to send this over to them. PAs
and NPs feel free to comment/voice your thoughts on this and maybe we can
them that we are
valuable players in the world of medicine and if listed under the supervising
physicians could really help patients by providing quality care. All in
all, I am a fan of such sites that provide useful information to patients and
make it easier for them to seek care.