October 11, 2012
Last week New York City-based online appointment booking site ZocDoc added its first new product since its launch: Remote check-in. On its company blog ZocDoc heralded the launch of ZocDoc Check-In as "the end of the clipboard". The company said that making the tedious check-in process easier and remote has been the top request from its user base since launch.
Up until now ZocDoc has focused...
July 24, 2012
Of the more than 13,600 consumer heath apps we analyzed in April, the vast majority fit snugly into one of our 12 main subcategories, which include cardio fitness, dieting, stress relief, chronic condition management, and medication adherence. Since we began tracking consumer health apps in early 2010 we have noticed a handful of emerging categories of apps that are only now becoming large enough...
January 30, 2012
This week's talk of the planned Facebook initial public offering got me thinking about a story from late last year: Which mobile health company is likely to IPO first? Some investors have already placed their bets.
At the end of November last year, investment bank and securities firm Goldman Sachs held a quiet, stealthy event that included presentations from about two dozen startups that the...
October 13, 2011
ZocDoc's iPhone and Android Apps
As discussed in our recent report: State of the Mobile Health Industry: Q3 2011, the hubbub over the FDA’s proposed guidelines for mobile medical apps will likely be the most memorable event from these past three months. However, time will tell whether this was also the period during which investment into mobile health began to accelerate.
September 22, 2011
ZocDoc announced this week that it has raked in $25 million in funding from Goldman Sachs, bringing total investment in the company to $95 million. The news comes hot on the heels of ZocDoc expanding its service to Boston last week. ZocDoc's last round of funding came in the form of $50 million from DST Global, which made the move just last month.
ZocDoc is a free iPhone, Android, or web app that...
September 21, 2011
ZocDoc a free iPhone, Android, or web app that enables users to schedule dentist and doctor appointments launched in the greater Boston area last week. ZocDoc's database includes user reviews of providers, which insurance they accept, and other relevant background information to help potential patients determine the best provider for them. Users can also find out ahead of time whether they will...
August 10, 2011
ZocDoc announced $50 million in funding last week for its appointment scheduling app, and at least one commentator, Avado CEO Dave Chase (formerly of Microsoft Health), believes that healthtech startups could learn a thing or two from ZocDoc's apparent success.
In a recent column for TechCrunch, Chase lays down three simple lessons gleaned from ZocDoc's strategy to date:
Lead with the doctors....
August 2, 2011
ZocDoc, makers of an appointment-scheduling mobile app, announced this week a $50 million Series C investment from DST Global, bringing total investment in ZocDoc to $70 million. The company plans to use the funding to expand into new markets and grow its patient and doctor user base.
ZocDoc allows patients to find nearby doctors who accept their insurance, then book appointments, via Android and...