ZoomCare Adds New Prescription Service At All 12 Neighborhood Clinics

Date: Thursday, October 18, 2012
Source: ZoomCare

Patients Enthusiastic about Prescription Service: Real-Time Meds

ZoomCare announced today that it added new medication dispensing services at each of its 12 Oregon neighborhood clinics. ZoomCare patients will now be able to get better quicker by taking their first doses of prescription medications before leaving the clinics. Furthermore, they'll be able to save time by not having to drive to pharmacies and wait for prescriptions to be filled and then wait again to pay for them.

Fifty percent of prescription medications are $10 or less and over eighty percent are less than $20. On average, ZoomCare's prescription medications are fifty percent less than large-scale pharmacy chains. For instance, a Z-pak (Azithromycin) costs $15 at ZoomCare versus $32.49 at Walgreens and $29.99 at Fred Meyer. With the addition of the ZoomCare Pharmacy, each clinic now carries over 100 prescription and over-the- counter medications. ZoomCare does not prescribe or carry narcotic pain medications.

"Dispensing cost-effective medications safely and conveniently is just one of the innovative ways we provide great healthcare to every ZoomCare customer. Our patients are delighted they can now take their meds before they leave the clinic and get better faster," said co-founder and Co-CEO Dave Sanders, M.D.

ZoomCare has no relationship with the pharmaceutical industry and prohibits pharmaceutical sales representatives and advertising from its clinics.

The ZoomCare Story*

(*Note: "Sarah" is the shorthand way we refer to the patient to whom ZoomCare caters)

Before 2006, when "Sarah" had a need for urgent medical attention the choices were not great:

  • If she called her doctor's office, chances were that she couldn't get an appointment right away...and might not for several days.
  • If she went to the emergency room at the local hospital...it was overcrowded and expensive (for her and the system).
  • If she showed up at the urgent care center, chances were she got a number and had to wait for hours to be seen.

ZoomCare changed all that.

Starting in 2006 "Sarah" could ask for a same day appointment and be seen by a doctor, nurse practitioner or physician assistant at ZoomCare's first neighborhood clinic. ZoomCare pioneered "healthcare on demand" and patients liked this new idea. Two clinics grew to 12 neighborhood clinics in Oregon and one in Seattle.

Today "Sarah" has her choice of 13 modern ZoomCare clinics (with three more to open later this year), where she and her family can get complete primary care blood tests, x-rays, medical exams and the medicine she needs for a broad range of illnesses, injuries and preventive care.

And patients at ZoomCare get the advantage of advanced technology in setting their appointments and reading lab results on a handheld device:

  • If "Sarah" wakes up on Saturday and needs to go to the doctor's office, she gets on her computer to use "live scheduler" to pick the time and most convenient clinic for her exam.
  • "Sarah's" lab results will be sent immediately to her computer or smart phone using secure technology and a doctor or physician assistant can hand her the medicines she needs, saving her the time of a separate pharmacy visit.
  • "Sarah" knows what the visit will cost and she will use her insurance or self pay option, thereby avoiding any follow-up bills.

Portland, Oregon based ZoomCare is a privately-held company started in 2006 by David Sanders M.D. and Albert DiPiero M.D. ZoomCare currently has 12 same- day, no-wait, neighborhood clinics in the Portland metro area and 1 in Seattle, Washington.

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