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At DocSpot, our mission is to connect people with the right health care by helping them navigate publicly available information. We believe the first step of that mission is to help connect people with an appropriate medical provider, and we look forward to helping people navigate other aspects of their care as the opportunities arise. We are just at the start of that mission, so we hope you will come back often to see how things are developing.

An underlying philosophy of our work is that right care means different things to different people. We also recognize that doctors are multidimensional people. So, instead of trying to determine which doctors are "better" than others, we offer a variety of filter options that individuals can apply to more quickly discover providers that fit their needs.

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Now searching across user-added information

by jerry on March 22, 2012

We've had a number of providers claim their profiles and add information. Up until recently, however, DocSpot's structured search feature did not include this user-contributed information. For example, if you specifically search for a doctor whose profile includes a bio, you'll now see doctors who have added biographical information after claiming their profiles. There is about a day's delay for newly added information to show up in the searches, but the process is automated. This is just yet another step in making your search for an appropriate provider easier.

We've had a number of providers claim their profiles and add information. Up until recently, however, DocSpot's structured search feature did not include this user-contributed information. For example, if you specifically search for a doctor whose profile includes a bio, you'll now see doctors who have added biographical information after claiming their profiles. There is about a day's delay for newly added information to show up in the searches, but the process is automated. This is just yet another step in making your search for an appropriate provider easier.

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An easier-to-remember URL

by jerry on March 16, 2012

Choosing your DocSpot username has just taken on additional significance. If others know your username, they can now navigate directly to your DocSpot profile by visiting http://www.docspot.com/user/[username]. For example, if someone wanted to visit Dr. Finkel's DocSpot profile, he or she can go to http://www.docspot.com/user/sanfordfinkel instead of https://www.docspot.com/user/1858639048. The older URL format still works, but the newer one is easier to remember.

Good luck choosing that perfect username for others to remember you by!

Choosing your DocSpot username has just taken on additional significance. If others know your username, they can now navigate directly to your DocSpot profile by visiting http://www.docspot.com/user/[username]. For example, if someone wanted to visit Dr. Finkel's DocSpot profile, he or she can go to http://www.docspot.com/user/sanfordfinkel instead of https://www.docspot.com/user/1858639048. The older URL format still works, but the newer one is easier to remember.

Good luck choosing that perfect username for others to remember you by!

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About that verification code...

by jerry on March 09, 2012

Recently, we've been hearing more about people running up against the CAPTCHA security code, and in some cases, even reaching the limit. When I first heard about this, I was quite surprised because I thought we had pretty generous limits in place. I checked the logs and found that indeed, some people were browsing our pages far more than I originally anticipated.

Recently, we've been hearing more about people running up against the CAPTCHA security code, and in some cases, even reaching the limit. When I first heard about this, I was quite surprised because I thought we had pretty generous limits in place. I checked the logs and found that indeed, some people were browsing our pages far more than I originally anticipated.

The background on the CAPTCHA is that we put them in place to prevent unauthorized access by automated scripts. Not knowing what limits to put into place, I picked some arbitrary numbers that sounded pretty high to me at that time. However, now that we've heard about this issue multiple times, we've raised the limits. If you still run into the inconvenience of having to repeatedly enter the verification code, feel free to drop us a line through the contact form.

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User interfaces changes coming

by jerry on March 02, 2012

We've been wanting to update our search results page for some time now. We've received feedback that the filters on the left side were too complex or sometimes missed completely. As a result, we've redesigned the page so that the filters appear at the top, and the selection of the specific options (e.g. "Has an average rating of 3 stars or more") will appear in a popup dialog box. This is just a heads-up -- these changes should be rolling out over the next couple of weeks.

We've been wanting to update our search results page for some time now. We've received feedback that the filters on the left side were too complex or sometimes missed completely. As a result, we've redesigned the page so that the filters appear at the top, and the selection of the specific options (e.g. "Has an average rating of 3 stars or more") will appear in a popup dialog box. This is just a heads-up -- these changes should be rolling out over the next couple of weeks.

Later, we plan on redesigning our search forms and the user profile pages. If you have any feedback, let us know.

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Thanks for uploading your pictures!

by jerry on February 24, 2012

We appreciate those of you who have already uploaded your pictures. Here's a sampling:

Dr. Vicki Hom
Dr. Ioan Stroescu
Debra Marks
Dr. Omar Llaguna
Dr. William Ragan

Thanks! For those of you who would like to be found by patients and other providers, we encourage you to claim your profile and fill it out so that others have a better sense of who you are.

We appreciate those of you who have already uploaded your pictures. Here's a sampling:

Dr. Vicki Hom
Dr. Ioan Stroescu
Debra Marks
Dr. Omar Llaguna
Dr. William Ragan

Thanks! For those of you who would like to be found by patients and other providers, we encourage you to claim your profile and fill it out so that others have a better sense of who you are.

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