Vital Adds Fourth Doctor Appointment Booking Partner

VitalsVitals, a website for reviewing and finding doctors, has partnered with DocASAP, maker of an online appointment scheduling platform for patients. Vitals will include DocASAP’s appointment booking feature on its profiles of physicians who are DocASAP users.

This is Vitals’ fourth deal with an appointment booking company. The first was a partnership with EMR maker drchrono. In 2011, Vitals’ parent company MDx Medical acquired appointment booking company HealthLeap. Then in 2013, Vitals partnered with HealthPost to offer online scheduling on all profiles for physicians use HealthPost’s scheduling offering.

“We’re pleased to be working with DocASAP to offer a better, more efficient way to book appointments with doctors,” Jeff Cutler, Vitals’ executive vice president, said in a statement. “Vitals strives to improve the patient experience. The relationship with DocASAP allows us to offer our 13 million monthly visitors greater value and convenience with online scheduling.”

DocASAP will also offer Vitals’ PatientLink, a service that aims to deliver more patients to providers through branded physician directories and a stronger presence on Vitals sites, to providers who use the DocASAP scheduling platform.

According to the company’s website, Vitals PatientLink has connected 50,000 patients to doctors through the program.

DocASAP graduated from Blueprint Health, a mentor-focused health incubator that offers co-working space in New York City and is also a member of TechStars’ Global Accelerator Network. Through the program DocASAP received mentorship from big name companies that include Humana, Verizon, and Aetna and $20,000 in funding for participating.

While Vitals currently has an app for iOS, DocASAP has plans to launch an iOS and Android app.

This partnership pits Vitals against other companies in the space that also offer both appointment booking and physician locators. One company, ZocDoc, added a remote check-in feature taking it a step beyond appointment bookings. Another, EHR-maker Practice Fusion, launched a patient-facing appointment booking and physician review website, called Patient Fusion, last year.

Vitals also recently raised $22 million in third round funding to improve its consumer offering.

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