BR firm to launch first scheduling platform connecting patients with dentists
Baton Rouge-based LocalMed, which got its start in the LSU Student Incubator in 2011 and is a former Louisiana Business & Technology Center tenant, has launched its scheduling platform for patients to find and book dentist appointments online, 24/7. "Companies like LocalMed are a great example of the local creativity and innovative minds of our state's students and entrepreneurs," LBTC Executive Director Charles D'Agostino said in a prepared statement. "This company expanded and developed at the LBTC and has now launched into national markets.” In January 2014, LocalMed formed a partnership with United Concordia dental insurance. This fall, LocalMed’s “Schedule Now” button can be found on United Concordia’s Find a dentist page to offer online scheduling to their members and providers. LBTC says LocalMed's online scheduling program is unique because the patient books a real-time, confirmed appointment, rather than an appointment request, which requires further communication with the dental office. The scheduling platform automatically updates the provider's schedule by using direct integration with the practice management system in the office. It then sends out a confirmation email, followed by an appointment reminder to the patient. Although the company is based in Louisiana, LocalMed was launched nationally and currently has providers in 10 states and counting. The company continues to grow under the leadership of CEO Keith English.—Staff report
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