March 30, 2022
Google announced it will now show consumers some healthcare providers’ appointment availability, and give people the ability to book an appointment directly through Google Search, according to reporting by Barry Schwartz on Search Engine Land. This currently only works in the U.S., and it seems to be limited to one pilot private, MinuteClinic at CVS, but Google hopes to expand this to additional providers in the future, Schwartz writes.
Hema Budaraju, the lead of Google Health and Social Impact, said Google Search is rolling out a feature “that shows the appointment availability for healthcare providers so you can easily book an appointment.”
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“You might see available appointment dates and times for doctors in your area,” Google wrote.
Google said it is working with partners including MinuteClinic at CVS and many other scheduling solution providers. “We hope to expand features, functionality and our network of partners so we can make it easier for people to get the care they need,” the company added.