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    Be an informed patient Be an informed patient Presentation Transcript

    • 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
      • ConsumerReportsHealth.org from EBSCO
      • Drug Facts & Comparisons
      • Medical Reference Books from Gale
      • MedlinePlus
      • Natural Standard
      • Salem Health
    • Consumereports health.org
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    • Drug Facts and Comparison
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    • Medical reference Books from Gale
    • Medical Reference Books from Gale
    • MedlinePlus
      • www.medlineplus.gov
      • MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families and friends.
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    • Medlineplus
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    • Clinical Trials also in Medlineplus
    • Salem Health
    • Salem Health
    • Salem Health
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    • Doctor & Hospital What can and cannot be answered
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      • - General/biographical information.
      • - License Look ups
      • - Suspensions/lawsuits
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      • - 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 www.idfpr.com
      • - 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.
    • IDFPR
      • The IDFPR used to provide more information
      • (medical school attended, year of graduation, residency, etc.), but that information was removed due to a lawsuit.
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    • 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 www.abms.org shows board certification.
      • Registration is required.
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    • 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
      • http://www.angieslist.com/
      • Insurance Companies Databases
      • -ex. United Healthcare https://www.geoaccess.com/uhc/po/Default.asp
      • Private Companies – Castle Connolly guides
      • www.acstleconnolly.com
    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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 Medicare.gov)
      • 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)
      • Drugs.com
      • Electronic Orange Book (FDA)
      • Natural Standard (SPL Database)
    • Buying drugs online
    • Buying Drugs Online
      • VIPPS Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites
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      • National Association of Boards of Pharmacy NABP
      • http://www.nabp.net/
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    • Articles from Professional Journals
      • Pubmed – pubmed.gov
      • PsycARTICLES
    • Kaiser Family Foundation www.kff.org
      • 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 http://healthreform.kff.org/
    • HealthCare.gov
      • 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.
      • https://www.pcip.gov
    • 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
      • http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/webeval/webeval.html
    • 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.
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