If Doc Shop -- a program Texas Health HEB launched in fall 2009 to connect patients with obstetrician-gynecologists -- sounds like speed dating, it's because it was modeled on the matchmaking process that lets singles meet a significant number of potential dates in a short period.
The hospital's first event took place on Sept. 24, 2009. Two others have been held since, and seven are scheduled for 2010. The program has been successful enough that the hospital is expanding it to include pediatricians, with longer-term plans to include other primary care specialists.
From: "amednews: 'Speed dating' matches physicians, patients :: Feb. 8, 2010 ... American Medical News."
@beccacamp, if Fort Worth is anywhere near Austin, we should maybe pay a lil visit at SXSW ;)...