- Google will soon allow users to book health care appointments with Search.
- Google is partnering with MinuteClinic at CVS and other scheduling solution providers for the new feature.
- The company announced the feature at its sponsored health event The Check Up.
Users looking to book a check-up or a same-day visit can use Google Search to see the availability of select health care providers in their area. Google is partnering with MinuteClinic at CVS to start.
So, for example, you might search for a MinuteClinic near where you live, and Google will return results showing the types of appointments you can schedule. In the screenshot above, Google shows you'll be able to schedule a visit for a check-up, vaccination, skin condition, or an injury/illness. While you can search for availability using Google, you'll book the appointment through a third-party site.
It may be helpful for people who don't have regular care providers or who aren't able to visit their current doctor.
Google said the feature is still in the early stages of rolling out. It said hopes to expand partners and functionality of the feature to make it easier for users to access the care they need.
Correction: Updated to reflect that booking is done through a third party and not directly through Google Search.