SOURCE: DoctorsDirect.com

December 05, 2006 07:30 ET

DoctorsDirect.com to Launch Internet-Based Medical Appointment Service in Boston

Online Service Will Help Boston Physicians Increase Patient Satisfaction, Build Their Practice; Health Ecommerce Specialist Adam Azia to Oversee Local Presence

BOSTON, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 5, 2006 -- DoctorsDirect.com -- an online service that enables physicians to offer a fast, convenient and secure way for consumers to schedule medical appointments -- today announced it is launching the service in the Boston area and named an experienced health ecommerce business development director to spearhead the enrollment of Boston-area physicians and medical practices.

Developed with the help of Internet savvy physicians, DoctorsDirect.com simplifies the process of scheduling medical appointments for doctors and the patients they serve. After a successful test in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area and Philadelphia, DoctorsDirect.com is ready to expand into more of the country's biggest markets and is seeking area physicians to offer the service to patients. Separately, the company today announced it is expanding into New York City.

"DoctorsDirect.com gives physicians a no-cost, easy-to-use tool that improves service to their patients overnight," said Tommy McGloin, CEO of DoctorsDirect.com and former head of MapQuest and Moviefone, and a top executive of AOL CityGuide. "By offering online appointment scheduling, physician offices free up resources for more productive tasks while enhancing the way doctors and patients communicate."

DoctorsDirect.com offers appointment times with all kinds of doctors, from general practitioners to specialists. Consumers who use DoctorsDirect.com can receive email appointment reminders, plus download and fill out pre-appointment paperwork from the comfort of their homes. They also can learn more about their DoctorsDirect.com physician and other local doctors by reviewing detailed physician profiles posted on the website.

"DoctorsDirect.com makes it easy to go online to one source, find the doctor most relevant to you, and become educated about that doctor," said Todd Dagres, founder and general partner of Spark Capital, a Boston-based venture capital firm and DoctorsDirect.com investor. "The service has the potential to significantly improve the process people go through when they change insurance companies or move to a new town and need to find a new doctor. To be able to access accurate and pertinent information about a doctor and then take that next step of making an appointment is a huge plus for everyone."

Managing DoctorsDirect.com's presence in the Boston market is Adam Azia. Azia is responsible for strategic business and partnership development in the region. Before joining DoctorsDirect, Azia was an award-winning sales representative in the healthcare division of Monster Worldwide, the parent company of Monster, the leading global online careers property. Under his direction, he grew Monster's largest geographic healthcare territory into one of the company's most successful. Physicians who wish to offer appointments via DoctorsDirect.com can reach Azia at 617-692-2946 or aazia@doctorsdirect.com. The new Boston office of DoctorsDirect.com is located at Ten Post Office Square, 8th Floor South.

About DoctorsDirect.com

DoctorsDirect.com (www.doctorsdirect.com) provides consumers and the physicians who provide their medical care with a convenient, fast and secure way to offer and book medical appointments online. DoctorsDirect.com is HIPAA compliant and provides the highest standards in privacy and security. Based in Santa Monica, Calif., the privately held company has secured Series A investment from Spark Capital. The company recently completed market testing in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area and Philadelphia and is expanding into Boston and New York.

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