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  • Be an Informed Patient: an Introduction to Health & Medical Resources Online Katrina Belogorsky April 21, 2011 Healin
  • Medical & Health Databases Skokie PL as of April 2011
    • General Medical Sites
    • from EBSCO
    • Drug Facts & Comparisons
    • Medical Reference Books from Gale
    • MedlinePlus
    • Natural Standard
    • Salem Health
  • Consumereports
  • Drug Facts and Comparison
  • Medical reference Books from Gale
  • Medical Reference Books from Gale
  • MedlinePlus
    • MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families and friends.
  • Medlineplus
  • Clinical Trials also in Medlineplus
  • Salem Health
  • Salem Health
  • Salem Health
  • Doctor & Hospital What can and cannot be answered
    • YES
    • - General/biographical information.
    • - License Look ups
    • - Suspensions/lawsuits
    • NO
    • - Number of individual procedures performed
    • or types of patients seen.
  • Licence Look-ups & bios
    • Doctors are licensed by state. In Illinois
    • Department of Professional Regulations
    • - License number, original issue date, and the date of expiration are provided.
    • - If there is a “Y” under “Ever Disciplined?”
    • you’ll be able to click it for more information.
    • The IDFPR used to provide more information
    • (medical school attended, year of graduation, residency, etc.), but that information was removed due to a lawsuit.
  • Hospital’s websites
    • Most hospitals now provide physicians profiles on their websites. Usual info includes:
    • -A picture, age, some times brief bio
    • -Medical school, year of graduation, residency
    • -Board certification, areas of specialty
    • ABMS shows board certification.
    • Registration is required.
  • More! More!
    • A quick Google search may turn up membership in relevant professional organizations or even a C.V.
    • A quick Pubmed or some other article search will turn up any recent scholarly publications.
  • More Tools…
    • Angie’s list – user based reviews, not free
    • Insurance Companies Databases
    • -ex. United Healthcare
    • Private Companies – Castle Connolly guides
  • More tools..
    • Big publications like Chicago Magazine & U.S. News and World Report.
    • - Rankings are not truly objective.
    • - They often buy their ranking data from organizations like Castle Connolly.
  • More tools…Healthgrades
  • Healthgrades Hospitals
  • Healthgrades Doctors
  • Healthgrades Malpractice
  • Physician Directories
    • American Board of Medical Specialties
    • American Dental Association (ADA) Member Directory
    • DoctorFinder from the American Medical Association
    • License Look-up from the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation
    • MedlinePlus Directories: General Doctors and Dentists
  • Doctor’s Finder
  • Procedures
    • Data does exist about specific procedures at the hospital level (billing, etc.) & with insurance companies, but it is proprietary & will not be able to access it.
  • Hospitals,  HMOs, and Nursing Homes
    • American Hospital Directory
    • America's Best Hospitals from U.S. News & World Report
    • Hospital Compare (Department of Health &Human Services)
    • Nursing Home Compare (from
    • Nursing Homes in Illinois from the Illinois Department of Public Health
  • Drug Information
    • Drug Facts & Comparisons (SPL Database)
    • DrugDigest
    • Drugs, Supplements, and Herbal Information
    • (Part of MedlinePlus)
    • Electronic Orange Book (FDA)
    • Natural Standard (SPL Database)
  • Buying drugs online
  • Buying Drugs Online
    • VIPPS Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites
    • from the
    • National Association of Boards of Pharmacy NABP
  • Articles from Professional Journals
    • Pubmed –
    • PsycARTICLES
  • Kaiser Family Foundation
    • non-partisan source of facts, information, and analysis for policymakers, the media, the health care community
    • One of the best sources to understand Health Reform
    • Find Insurance Options
    • Hospital Compare
    • Nursing Home Compare
    • Dialysis Compare
    • Understand the new Law
    • Health Care News
  • Illinois Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (IPXP)
    • The Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan makes health insurance available to people who have had a problem getting insurance due to a pre-existing condition.
  • Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan
    • The Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan: Covers a broad range of health benefits, including primary and specialty care, hospital care, and prescription drugs.
    • Doesn’t charge you a higher premium just because of your medical condition.
    • Doesn’t base eligibility on income.
  • Evaluating internet Health Information
    • Who runs the site?
    • Why have they created the site?
    • What do they want from you?
    • Who is paying for the site? Does the site’s information favor to sponsor?
    • What is the original source of the information?
    • How is the information on the Web site documented?
  • Evaluating Health Information
    • How does the Web site choose links to other sites?
    • How is information reviewed before it is posted on the Web site?
    • What information about its visitors does the Web site collect, and why?
    • National Library of Medicine Tutorial
  • Evaluating Health Information
    • Remember
    • Information that you find on the Web site does not replace your doctor’s advice.
    • If you read something on the Web that doesn’t agree with what your doctor has told you, ask him or her about it.