London, 19th July 2013 – Qinec and Zesty, an online healthcare marketplace, have today announced a strategic partnership that will enable Londoners to easily search, compare and book same day, next day and future healthcare appointments across the capital on their smartphone, tablet or laptop.
Launched in May 2013, Zesty offers available healthcare appointments to people that need them across London. Demand is huge and the company has helped thousands of people in the last three months alone. Currently the online marketplace focuses on Dentist and hygienist appointments, but the high growth startup is set to expand into other healthcare verticals such as private doctors, physios, osteopaths and chiropractors.
To do this, Zesty has signed a partnership with Qinec, the UK’s most established provider of cloud-based practice management systems. Backed by Amadeus Capital Partners, Qinec works with thousands of clinical professionals in the UK and works with multiple innovative business models in the healthcare sector such as DoctorCall, Newmedica and Vista Diagnostics.
Zesty will work with Qinec allowing patients to find and book straight into the best healthcare providers in one click. Appointments from all of Qinec’s clients will be made available via a secure Web API. As Zesty expands across the UK, more and more consumers will be able to take advantage of Qinec’s national footprint.
Robbie Hughes, Founder and CEO, Qinec said: “We want to create a more simplified and better connected healthcare system in the UK. To do that requires a fresh new attitude and increasingly it is start-ups that are the driving force behind delivering better patient experience. Each year approximately 5 million appointments go unused, whilst at the same time thousands of people suffer the automated voice of their GP’s answering machine. It seems crazy not to join forces with Zesty and help them to leverage the scale of our network. Our clients fill their appointments and people in need of healthcare get attention they need, at a time and location to suit them.”
Currently consumers can only access appointments in the greater London area but because Qinec works with clinicians the length and breadth of the UK, Zesty will be able to rapidly extend its service across the UK.
Lloyd Price, Co Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Zesty: “So often people need access to healthcare, yet they find themselves either at the mercy of massive waiting lists or trying to figure out if they can take the appointment and still get to work on time. Zesty eradicates that stress. Our aim is to make finding an available appointment as easy as booking a flight, hotel or restaurant online. We’ve seen tremendous growth, but to gain mass-market appeal, we need to widen the scope of services consumers can search for on our site. Qinec are the right partner to help us with this ambition. It has built a fantastic technology platform and shares our vision to operate flexible, robust and secure solutions to healthcare professionals.”
Clinicians wishing to move their paper diaries online and maximise the power of Qinec and Zesty can sign up for free at www.qinec.com
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Zesty is a London based Startup on a mission to make access to Dentists, Private GPs, Physios and other Healthcare appointments a lot easier for consumers. With Zesty you will be able to find Healthcare professionals near you, read user reviews and book healthcare appointments in real time, 24 hours a day on your laptop, iPad or Smartphone! For more information, please visit www.zesty.co.uk
About Mangrove Capital Partners
Mangrove Capital Partners is a venture capital firm helping innovative entrepreneurs start and grow global, disruptive companies. We chase transformational ideas around the world, with a combined focus on Europe and Emerging Markets such as India and Russia. Our sweet spot is on the earliest stages of innovation; we regularly inject funds prior to product launch, and aim at being the first institutional investor and sometimes co-create projects. For our best portfolio companies, we can then follow up with euro 15-20 million overall.
Qinec offers a ‘cloud based’ management platform for every class of outpatient care provider, including doctors, ophthalmologists and physiotherapists. The Qinec platform ensures efficient and confidential diagnosis, care planning, monitoring, drug delivery and billing. Qinec ensures that patient information is safely shared amongst care providers to enhance the quality of care and ensure up to date information availability for all medical professionals involved. For more information, please visit www.qinec.com
Amadeus Capital Partners is one of Europe’s leading technology venture capital firms, with some £500m under management. Since its inception in 1997, the firm has backed over 80 companies in industries that include communications and networking hardware and software, cleantech, medtech, computer hardware and software, media, and e-commerce. Major businesses built by the firm include CSR plc (LSE:CSR), the leading producer of single chip bluetooth radios for short range connections, Solexa Ltd, the developer of next generation genetic analysis systems, merged into Illumina, Inc. (ILMN) to create the world-leader in gene-sequencing technology and Transmode, a networking solutions business that had an over-subscribed IPO on NASDAQ OMX Stockholm in May 2011. For more information, please visit www.amadeuscapital.com.
Archimedia is an innovative investor in fast growth businesses across the UK and internationally. Archimedia looks for situations in which it can add significant value and take an active role in helping management to develop the business. Archimedia’s activity is primarily in the technology and consumer sectors. Recent investments include: e-commerce data aggregator Geckoboard, online furniture retailer made.com and iconic fashion brand Moncler. Archimedia Founder & Chairman, John Hunt, has created or co-created companies with over a billion dollars of market value. For more information, please visit www.archimedia.com