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If you are a regular reader of CN, you know that I like startups that help save time or help you use your time more effectively. How many times have you gone to the doctor only to find out that there’s an hour wait to get in the door. A new Chicago-based startup aims to help you stay out of the waiting room at your doctor’s office and use that time more effectively.
MedWaitTime is a simple and easy-to-understand startup. Their service can provide you with alerts regarding wait times for your medical appointments. You enter your doctor and your appointment time and the system responds with alerts which can help you figure out if you should wait to arrive. I assume you would still want to call the doctor rather than not showing up at your scheduled appointment time.
MedWaitTime also lists emergency rooms and urgent care facilities. I like this function a lot because if you are ill, the last thing you want to do is sit in an emergency room for hours (been there, done that). Their monitor allows you to check all of the local locations and select the one with the shortest wait time.
Lastly you can find a list of doctors that can have open appointments for today and are accepting walk-ins.
The MedWaitTime service is available both on the Internet and on the iPhone.
MedWaitTime is currently available with a select group of doctors and medical offices in the Chicago area. MedWaitTime charges doctors a monthly fee of $50-300 depending on service level.
I could see a wait-time alert function as an add-on to another one of my favorite medical startups, ZocDoc.