(HealthNewsDigest.com) - New York, NY, August 8, 2013-ZocDoc, a service that helps doctors and dentists connect to new patients, revealed real-time data showing which days and times are the best for patients to make appointments with a physician.
- Tuesdayis the most popular day to see the doctor, and it is also the day with the most last-minute openings.
- The single most popular appointment time slot for patients isFriday at 10 am, followed byMonday at 2 pm.
- Weekdays at10 am and 2 pmare the most popular time slots across the board.
- As people get back into the work week,Mondayis the day with the most same-day appointments booked.
The research also revealed that the day of the week with shortest in-office wait times is Monday. The day of the week with longest in-office wait times is Thursday.
Patients are also depending more on their mobile devices to access healthcare, with appointments booked via ZocDoc's mobile app growing 500%in just over a year. Those who used the ZocDoc app to book their first appointment booked 60% more appointments in their first year than other ZocDoc users. Additionally, the data found that most appointments booked via the mobile app skewed towards illness/injury appointments, while website based appointments skewed towards prevention.
Millions of patients each month use ZocDoc to find a nearby doctor or dentist and instantly book an appointment online. The company's most recent product, ZocDoc Check-In, allows patients to fill out their paperwork online in advance of their appointment. By revealing the 'hidden supply' of appointments, ZocDoc helps patients receive faster access to care and optimizes doctors' schedules. ZocDoc has raised $95 million in investments to date and is currently available in more than 1,800 cities and covers 40 percent of the US population. This service is free for patients via ZocDoc.com or the free ZocDoc apps for iPhone and Android. A Spanish-language version called ZocDoc en Español is also available (espanol.zocdoc.com; iPhone and Android).
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