MedWaitTime is an interesting application that allows subscribing doctors and emergency rooms/urgent care centers post their schedule availability online. Patients can download the free application and enter their appointment time and their doctor’s name. The doctor’s office updates their status as necessary, or if they are available for walk-ins. The service appears to be supported by subscription fees to physicians of $50/month or $300/month for facilities.

This is part of a trend of real-time communication between patients and care-providers to help all of us avoid spending time in that most dreaded of places – the doctor’s waiting room. Another interesting service in the same vertical is ZocDoc (reviewed on this site) which is rapidly growing by combining physician rating with on-line scheduling for patients.

The next evolution for these communication services will be when the doctors’ practice management systems integrate with the patient-facing applications to automatically broadcast appointment times and accept requests. Given the real hunger for frictionless appointment management both for the doctor and the patient, this should be an attainable future. [MedWaitTime, BolderImage, iTunes link]

MedWaitTime website