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Healthgrades and Ochsner Health System Partner to Offer Online Appointment Scheduling  

Healthgrades and Ochsner Health System, one of the country’s leading health systems, today announced the availability of online appointment scheduling, enabling consumers to book real-time, online appointments with Ochsner doctors who utilize the Epic electronic medical record (EMR). More than 30 million consumers a month visit Healthgrades.

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“As consumers more actively research and select their own doctors, Healthgrades set out to build an experience that provides consumers with access to the most important information: physician experience, hospital outcomes, patient satisfaction and availability,” said Roger Holstein, CEO, Healthgrades. “We are delighted to be working with Ochsner and Epic, two industry leaders, to make the process of booking appointments even easier.”

“It is essential that our patients have the ability to access high-quality care when needed,” said Warner Thomas, President and CEO, Ochsner Health System. “When a patient is feeling ill, quick access to care is imperative so that their medical needs can be addressed and patients can get back to living life. Through this partnership, patients can conveniently schedule online appointments with their physician of choice."

The new online scheduling functionality offers consumers in the Ochsner Health System market the convenience of booking appointments online, increasing accessibility to the right doctor and improving their satisfaction with the patient experience. For physicians, it improves a practice’s ability to engage healthcare consumers more efficiently and convert them into new patients. In addition to scheduling an appointment and understanding patient satisfaction and hospital outcomes information, consumers and physicians can compare physicians based on other key factors such as patient satisfaction, practicing specialties, procedures performed, conditions treated, years in practice, insurance information, language, malpractice and sanctions, etc.

To see an example of the online scheduling feature, please visit: http://www.healthgrades.com/physician/dr-christie-degrange-xsqpl#.

About Healthgrades

Healthgrades, headquartered in Denver, Colorado, is the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. Today, more than one million people a day use the Healthgrades websites to search, compare and connect with hospitals and physicians based on the most important measures when selecting a healthcare provider: experience, hospital quality and patient satisfaction. For more information about Healthgrades, visit http://www.healthgrades.com or download the Healthgrades iPhone app.

About Ochsner Health System

Ochsner Health System is Louisiana’s largest non-profit, academic, healthcare system. Driven by a mission to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate and Innovate, coordinated clinical and hospital patient care is provided across the region by Ochsner’s 25 owned, managed and affiliated hospitals and more than 50 health centers. Ochsner is the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Hospital” across nine specialty categories caring for patients from all 50 states and more than 90 countries worldwide each year Ochsner employs more than 17,000 employees, nearly 1,000 physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties and conducts over 750 clinical research studies. Ochsner Health System is proud to be a tobacco-free environment. For more information, please visit ochsner.org and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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