July 1, 2019
RWJBarnabas Health and Zocdoc Expand their Partnership, Further Improving New Jersey Residents’ Choice and Access to Care
West Orange, NJ – RWJBarnabas Health (RWJBH), the most comprehensive health care delivery system in New Jersey, announces an expansion of its partnership with Zocdoc, the leading digital health platform that enables patients to find doctors and instantly book appointments online. Under this partnership expansion, RWJBH plans to more than double the number of providers participating in Zocdoc’s platform.
As part of its efforts to improve patients’ access to care, RWJBH has partnered with Zocdoc since 2016 to help patients find and digitally schedule appointments with participating RWJBH physicians. Additionally, while national wait times for patients to see a primary care doctor exceed three weeks on average when booked over the phone, more than one in three appointments booked with RWJBarnabas Health via Zocdoc takes place within just 72 hours.
Recently, Zocdoc updated its pricing model in New Jersey with the goal of lowering the barrier to entry so more physicians can participate in its marketplace. This new pricing model has afforded RWJBH the ability to add providers onto Zocdoc’s marketplace, across numerous specialties and locations throughout New Jersey, dramatically improving choice and access to care for New Jersey residents.
“Our goal has always been to find innovative ways to make healthcare more accessible, and Zocdoc is a critical partner in this endeavor,” said Andy Anderson, M.D., CEO of the Combined Medical Group of RWJBarnabas Health. “We recognize that patients are seeking more seamless access to quality care, and Zocdoc’s platform helps match patient needs with our providers’ last-minute availability.”
“RWJBarnabas has always been a forward-thinking partner who recognizes how new technologies benefit their patients, their providers, and their business on the whole,” said Zocdoc founder and CEO Oliver Kharraz, M.D. “We are proud that our new pricing model in New Jersey is enabling RWJBH to bring more of its top-notch physicians onto Zocdoc’s marketplace. Together, we’re improving patients’ choice and access to care throughout the state.”
About RWJBarnabas Health
RWJBarnabas Health is the largest, most comprehensive health care system in New Jersey, with a service area covering nine counties with five million people. The system includes eleven acute care hospitals – Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, Community Medical Center in Toms River, Jersey City Medical Center in Jersey City, Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus in Lakewood, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, RWJUH in New Brunswick, RWJUH Somerset in Somerville, RWJUH Hamilton, RWJUH Rahway and Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston; three acute care children’s hospitals and a leading pediatric rehabilitation hospital with a network of outpatient centers,, a freestanding 100-bed behavioral health center, two trauma centers, a satellite emergency department, ambulatory care centers, geriatric centers, the state’s largest behavioral health network, comprehensive home care and hospice programs, fitness and wellness centers, retail pharmacy services, a medical group, multi-site imaging centers and an accountable care organization.
RWJBarnabas Health is New Jersey’s largest private employer – with more than 33,000 employees, 9,000 physicians and 1,000 residents and interns – and routinely captures national awards for outstanding quality and safety. RWJBarnabas Health recently announced a partnership with Rutgers University to create New Jersey’s largest academic health care system. The collaboration aligns RWJBarnabas Health with Rutgers’ education, research and clinical activities, including those at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey – the state’s only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center – and Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care.
Zocdoc is the tech company at the beginning of a better healthcare experience. Each month, millions of patients use Zocdoc to find in-network neighborhood doctors, instantly book appointments online, see what other real patients have to say, get reminders for upcoming appointments and preventive check-ups, fill out their paperwork online, and more. With a mission to give power to the patient, Zocdoc’s online marketplace delivers the accessible, seamless, and simple experience patients expect and deserve. Zocdoc is free for patients and available across the United States via Zocdoc.com or the Zocdoc app for iPhone and Android.
RWJBH: Ellen Greene
Zocdoc: Jess Aptman