For general release 4/4/2001
NEW FREE MESSAGING SERVICE NOW ALLOWS PATIENTS TO REACH VIRTUALLY ANY DOCTOR ONLINE
New E-Mail to Fax Service Provides Millions of Consumers Online Access to
their Doctor's Offices
Beverly Hills, CA, April 4, 2001.
EveryMD.com has launched a new online
messaging service free to both patients and doctors that allows patients to
send e-mail messages to their doctors' offices immediately. The
patent-pending service, called the "Doctor E-Mailer", converts
patients' e-mail messages to faxes and delivers them directly to the doctor's
office's fax machine. As a result,
patients can communicate online without needing to know their doctor's e-mail
address and regardless of whether or not their doctor is already online.
EveryMD's "Doctor E-Mailer" service makes
e-mail communication with a doctor's office an immediate reality for millions
on online users. Patients can now communicate with their doctor's office in
the way most convenient for patients, using e-mail. With EveryMD, patients no
longer need to wait until office hours or interrupt their own busy schedules
to call. They can request appointments and prescription refills via e-mail
from anywhere, at any time.
To use the "Doctor E-mailer" service, a patient goes
to the EveryMD.com website and enters the name, city and state for his/her
doctor. The patient is presented with
easy-to-use e-mail templates for either requesting an appointment or
requesting a prescription refill. The
patient fills in identifying information and clicks "send." That's it. Patients are not required to register with EveryMD service, do
not need to provide sensitive medical information, and do not need to create
and update an online medical profile or history.
In contrast to other Web-based patient/physician
messaging systems, EveryMD's Doctor E-Mailer service does not require
doctors to pay for anything, adopt a new, complex online computer system,
fill out forms or do anything else to activate the service. Instead, EveryMD
takes advantage of a communication device that is already used daily by the
vast majority of practicing doctors. Doctors receive e-mails in the way most
convenient for doctors and their staffs, via their office fax machines.
To implement its service, EveryMD is establishing a
unique email@example.com e-mail address and www.doctorname.everymd.com website
containing basic doctor information for each licensed doctor in the United
States. So far, e-mail addresses and
websites have been created for over 80% of all US doctors with fax machines.
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