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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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Announcing the addressbook

by jerry on January 16, 2012

For a while, we've had a feature to save search results to a short list. The purpose of that list was so that users can note which profiles were of interest and go back and visit them. However, that list was not permanent and would disappear after a while.

We've replaced that list functionality with an addressbook. Users who are signed in can now associate profiles with their accounts. Those associations are available when users log back in. To help organize the list, users can separate the profile listings into different groups (e.g. "John's doctors" or "Specialists").

For a while, we've had a feature to save search results to a short list. The purpose of that list was so that users can note which profiles were of interest and go back and visit them. However, that list was not permanent and would disappear after a while.

We've replaced that list functionality with an addressbook. Users who are signed in can now associate profiles with their accounts. Those associations are available when users log back in. To help organize the list, users can separate the profile listings into different groups (e.g. "John's doctors" or "Specialists").

This is still an early version. If you have any feedback, let us know.

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"Consumer-driven" health

by jerry on January 08, 2012

While doing some research for an unrelated project, I stumbled on a health policy blog by Dr. Doug Perednia. The blog has many interesting posts, and one that especially caught my attention was his response to Paul Krugman's New York Times editorial entitled

While doing some research for an unrelated project, I stumbled on a health policy blog by Dr. Doug Perednia. The blog has many interesting posts, and one that especially caught my attention was his response to Paul Krugman's New York Times editorial entitled

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Happy New Year!

by jerry on January 01, 2012

It's been a quiet week at the office, but we're looking forward to a new year. Season's greetings to all!

It's been a quiet week at the office, but we're looking forward to a new year. Season's greetings to all!

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Merry Christmas!

by jerry on December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas to all.

Merry Christmas to all.

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Keep the name, please

by jerry on December 18, 2011

While we get a number of providers who add information to their profiles, we sometimes get a request from people who would like a profile to be completely deleted. As mentioned earlier, we view ourselves as a tool for transparency, so that's not something that we support. We certainly believe that providers should be able to hide certain information such as phone numbers. For a while, we allowed users to hide their first and last names, thinking that someone might want to correct a misspelling.

While we get a number of providers who add information to their profiles, we sometimes get a request from people who would like a profile to be completely deleted. As mentioned earlier, we view ourselves as a tool for transparency, so that's not something that we support. We certainly believe that providers should be able to hide certain information such as phone numbers. For a while, we allowed users to hide their first and last names, thinking that someone might want to correct a misspelling.

It turns out that at least one person tried to effectively delete a profile by hiding the first and last names associated with that profile. We're now changing the policy so that users cannot hide their first and last names. In the future, we might allow some variant whereby people can hide one form (in case there is a misspelling), but for now, users can at most mark something as incorrect. If you have any thoughts on this, let us know.

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