If you want to stand out and attract more patients, having a clear appointment calendar on your website can easily pull people in.
Quick fix: Add a scheduling calendar to your website home or contact page with platforms like Calendly or Tebra.
2. No detailed services page(s)
There are 2 benefits of a detailed service page or pages. First, patients want to know what you offer. Second, a well-written page is more likely to get ranked highly by search engines, thus making it easier for patients to find your site. Failing to write a comprehensive list of services, or worse, not having a services section at all, confuses patients.
Most patients don’t want to have to call in to see if you can help them with a specific problem. They want to know immediately if you offer solutions relevant to them. Listing your services makes it easier for them to decide to book an appointment.
Quick fix: Start with one page per service. This approach helps your search engine optimization (SEO), as well as makes your process clear to patients.
3. No testimonials
Reviews are essential for building trust with prospective patients — especially those from younger generations. For example, 62% of Gen Z patients won’t even consider a healthcare provider without reviews. And 93% of patients overall say testimonials are at least somewhat important to their decision-making process.
While testimonials can appear on several websites, including Facebook, Google Reviews, and Yelp, posting positive reviews on your website is essential. And not including this crucial social proof may be why your medical site struggles to attract clients.
Quick fix: Invest in reputation management for the long term, and create a link to a site where patients can leave reviews in the short term that you can email to them — ideally automatically after appointments.
4. No investment in usability
Your medical practice website design matters, and a difficult-to-use website will push patients away. It can be helpful to ask patients about their experience using the site to find problem areas. But there are other key things to consider, too.
- Are the colors high-contrast and chosen to ensure colorblind patients can easily read the website?
- Is the text big enough to reduce eye strain, especially if you work with geriatric patients?
- Does the navigation menu make sense, and are the main links using clear, standardized titles (about, services, contact, etc.)?
- Is the content accessible for people who use screen readers, including descriptive alt text and descriptive linking?
Quick fix: Consider investing in a user experience (UX) design audit or asking for patient feedback to determine areas that could be improved, though some platforms have easy-to-use templates, such as Squarespace, Wix, or Tebra. You may also want to compare your site to competitors for more insight.
5. No social media integration
There is another social proof beyond testimonials: social media. Your presence on social media can help prospective patients determine whether or not your practice is a good fit.
Not only does social media show off your personality and expertise, but it can also act as a communication tool. Patients may choose to directly ask questions about your practice in the comments or messages of your posts, or they may recommend you to their friends and family.
Practices that don’t have social media listed on their website run the risk of not looking as established or as credible as other physicians that link to their profiles.
Quick fix: Add social media buttons to your website’s navigation bar or footer, and link to your website home page from your social profiles. Many website builders have a section to add your social media information, either through a link or your username on a specific platform.
What makes a high-growth medical website?
In contrast, a high-growth website is completely centered around the patient experience. Not only do these sites show physician availability, offer detailed service descriptions, highlight positive reviews, and expedite navigation, but they may have additional aids.
Other features that patients can benefit from include:
- Online payment options
- Patients portals
- Online intake forms
- Blog articles that demonstrate expertise
- Audio clips
- Media appearances
- FAQs about the office and patient visits
Your website is your practice’s virtual front door. And a high-growth website reflects that importance.
What do strong medical websites look like, numbers-wise?
Website performance varies from industry to industry and from sub-niche to sub-niche. But a report by Conductor established average benchmarks for healthcare:
- 46% of your website visitors should come from organic search results, such as through SEO initiatives.
- The average bounce rate, or how many people leave your site without doing anything, should be around 50%.
- Across all industries, visitors tend to open 5 pages on a given website on average before they click away.
These are general averages based on healthcare as a whole. But these are metrics you can track once you set up analytics on your website.
How good medical practice website design is done
You’ve decided it’s time to update your site and maybe use some of these best practices listed. But reading about high-performing websites is different than seeing them — it helps to have some inspiration. Check out these 10 great medical practice website design examples for elements to consider incorporating on your site.