HOUSTON (September 28, 2011)

Continuing to establish itself as one of the most advanced healthcare systems in the country, Memorial Hermann today launched ScheduleNow, a free scheduling tool that will enable patients to easily search and book real-time appointments online.

"We are among the first healthcare systems in the nation and the first in Houston to offer appointment scheduling for an array of outpatient services through our Web site," said David Bradshaw, Chief Information, Planning and Marketing Officer at Memorial Hermann. "We've reduced the hassle factor for patients, making scheduling an appointment much more convenient. From doctor office visits to mammograms and even emergency room reservations, patients can now book their appointments at the click of a mouse.

Here's how it works: Patients simply go to www.memorialhermann.org, click on the ScheduleNow icon, and choose physician office visit, screening mammogram or ER. Patients then follow the prompts to schedule their appointment. ScheduleNow provides appointment reminders via email, as well as a link to a map for directions. Appointments can be made 24/7 from any internet-connected device.

A number of Memorial Hermann-affiliated primary care physicians and orthopedic surgeons across the greater Houston area have adopted the technology to provide convenient, online appointment scheduling for their patients. Patients also can schedule a screening mammogram at one of four participating Memorial Hermann Breast Care Centers, or make a reservation for a non-life-threatening ER visit at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital.

In the near future, more doctors, outpatient services and locations will be added. The ScheduleNow tool will be particularly supportive of clinically-integrated physician groups such as MHMD's Advanced Primary Care Practices, a patient-centered medical home initiative launched earlier this year.ScheduleNow is powered by HealthPost, a provider of cloud-based healthcare search and booking solutions. "Leveraging HealthPost's capabilities, Memorial Hermann has reinvented access to care across a broad range of healthcare services," said Omar Alvi, CEO of HealthPost. "Working together, we're bringing unprecedented convenience to patients."

For more information, visit www.memorialhermann.org or call 713.222.CARE (2273). Learn more about HealthPost at www.healthpost.com.