Google Adds Medical Appointment Availability to Search

Google will show the next available appointment with a healthcare provider directly on search, the company announced Today.

The company is working with MinuteClinic at CVS and other anonymous appointment schedulers during the initial rollout, which will begin in the coming weeks, product manager Jackie DeJesse said in a press briefing. It will initially only be available in English.


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If someone searches for a doctor or a health care provider’s office, they will see what types of appointments are available and the date of the first appointment. A “book” button will direct them to a third-party site to make an appointment.

Searching for a San Francisco Minute Clinic, for example, will bring up an “appointments” tab with options for a TB test, vaccinations, skin condition, and other types of appointments. People can’t currently add ads to this section, DeJesse said.

The tool’s debut comes after Google highlighted other healthcare search features in December, including the ability to see which languages ​​are spoken in a doctor’s office and which insurance networks an office takes.

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