When you or a loved one is sick, finding a doctor to help is paramount. But when the time is most critical, it can be difficult to research, find and book an appointment with the best doctor. Now like the transformative American web company, Zocdoc, FindDoc has launched in Hong Kong to serve the same need.
FindDoc allows people to access all Hong Kong doctors’ information in one place in multiple languages. FindDoc users can easily search for healthcare providers by specialty, locations, medical card, gender, or spoken language. It aims to provide people an efficient way to book medical services.
FindDoc was established this year by University of New Hampshire roommates, Kevin Yeung and Dr. Michael Lim along with technologist Ivan Ng to honor their friend, the late Hong Kong business leader Mohan Mahtani. Mohan sustained a serious concussion and fell into a coma. His family desperately tried to find leading neurosurgeons but found that information was not readily available. Tragically, Mohan never found the right doctor and passed away.
To access FindDoc, you can visit through the website or use their free iOS or Android mobile version. You can search by specialty, location and insurance provider. FindDoc then displays doctor’s schedules, with credentials to help you find the best fit doctor. Patients simply select a time slot and complete a brief three-step booking process to secure an appointment. FindDoc then sends reminders to help patients remember to attend their appointments. Currently the online booking system is not functional, but will go live in February 2012.
I did a quick test to see how it works. I picked General Surgery, Location as Central and AXA – U Care. I then filtered down further and picked English as a must have language, and Male as a gender. Automatically a nice large map displays all the doctors that match my criteria. After picking one, it opens up more details that include contact info, all the languages he speaks, types of services offered, consultation fees, qualifications, location, opening hours and hospitals he works with. Too easy!
FindDoc is proudly committed to staying free for people to use. The obvious way to earn revenue is through charging doctors like Zocdoc does.
I think this is a fantastic service and should be done across every city! I know I would use it in Beijing.