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NY online firm opening Scottsdale office

PHOENIX -- A New York company that helps patients connect with doctors through an online service is opening a Scottsdale office and will hire more than 600 workers in the next three years.

ZocDoc is a free service for patients that also lets them book appointments online. Gov. Jan Brewer and Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane announced the office opening on Tuesday.

"It will generate $6 million in capital investments," said Brewer. "This is exactly the kind of innovation and entrepreneurship we want to see more of in Arizona."

ZocDoc is an online service for patients that allows them to search for nearby, in-network medical providers and book appointments online. Patients can also fill-out paperwork before their visit using ZocDoc Check-In, and ZocDoc will save information for future visits with participating ZocDoc doctors.

The Phoenix-area office is the company's second U.S. office. According to statistics provided by the company, more than 2.5 million patients a month use ZocDoc's service, which is currently available in over 1,700 U.S. cities, making it available to over 40 percent of the U.S. population.

Brewer has made three other major jobs announcements in recent weeks, including a new General Motors information technology innovation center in Chandler that will have 1,000 high-tech employees.

All three are benefiting from incentives from the Arizona Commerce Authority.

The Commerce Authority also was involved in Tuesday's announcement.

The company says it will hire nearly 70 people to staff the office by year's end.

KTAR's Sandra Haros contributed to this report.

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