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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 <ul><li>General Medical Sites  </li></ul><ul><li>ConsumerReportsHeal...
Consumereports health.org
 
 
Drug Facts and Comparison
 
Medical reference Books from Gale
Medical Reference Books from Gale
MedlinePlus <ul><li>www.medlineplus.gov </li></ul><ul><li>MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's Web site for ...
 
 
 
 
 
Medlineplus
 
Clinical Trials also in Medlineplus
Salem Health
Salem Health
Salem Health
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Doctor & Hospital What can and cannot be answered <ul><li>YES </li></ul><ul><li>- General/biographical information. </li><...
Licence Look-ups & bios <ul><li>Doctors are licensed by state. In Illinois </li></ul><ul><li>Department of Professional Re...
IDFPR <ul><li>The IDFPR used to provide more information  </li></ul><ul><li>(medical school attended, year of graduation, ...
 
 
 
Hospital’s websites <ul><li>Most hospitals now provide physicians profiles on their websites. Usual info includes: </li></...
 
More! More! <ul><li>A quick Google search may turn up membership in relevant professional organizations or even a C.V. </l...
More Tools… <ul><li>Angie’s list – user based reviews, not free </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.angieslist.com/ </li></ul><ul...
More tools.. <ul><li>Big publications like Chicago Magazine & U.S. News and World Report.  </li></ul><ul><li>- Rankings ar...
More tools…Healthgrades
Healthgrades Hospitals
 
Healthgrades Doctors
Healthgrades Malpractice
Physician Directories  <ul><li>American Board of Medical Specialties   </li></ul><ul><li>American Dental Association (ADA)...
 
 
 
Doctor’s Finder
Procedures <ul><li>Data does exist about specific procedures at the hospital level (billing, etc.) & with insurance compan...
  Hospitals,  HMOs, and Nursing Homes <ul><li>American Hospital Directory   </li></ul><ul><li>America's Best Hospitals   f...
Drug Information <ul><li>Drug Facts & Comparisons  (SPL Database) </li></ul><ul><li>DrugDigest   </li></ul><ul><li>Drugs, ...
Buying drugs online
Buying Drugs Online <ul><li>VIPPS   Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites  </li></ul><ul><li>from the  </li></ul><ul><...
 
Articles from Professional Journals  <ul><li>Pubmed – pubmed.gov  </li></ul><ul><li>PsycARTICLES   </li></ul>
Kaiser Family Foundation www.kff.org <ul><li>non-partisan source of facts, information, and analysis for policymakers, the...
HealthCare.gov <ul><li>Find Insurance Options </li></ul><ul><li>Hospital Compare </li></ul><ul><li>Nursing Home Compare </...
Illinois Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (IPXP)  <ul><li>The Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan makes health insu...
Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan <ul><li>The Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan: Covers a broad range of health be...
Evaluating internet Health Information <ul><li>Who runs the site? </li></ul><ul><li>Why have they created the site? </li><...
Evaluating Health Information <ul><li>How does the Web site choose links to other sites? </li></ul><ul><li>How is informat...
Evaluating Health Information <ul><li>Remember </li></ul><ul><li>Information that you find on the Web site does not replac...
 
 
 
 
 
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  1. 1. Be an Informed Patient: an Introduction to Health & Medical Resources Online Katrina Belogorsky April 21, 2011 Healin
  2. 2. Medical & Health Databases Skokie PL as of April 2011 <ul><li>General Medical Sites </li></ul><ul><li>ConsumerReportsHealth.org from EBSCO </li></ul><ul><li>Drug Facts & Comparisons </li></ul><ul><li>Medical Reference Books from Gale </li></ul><ul><li>MedlinePlus </li></ul><ul><li>Natural Standard </li></ul><ul><li>Salem Health </li></ul>
  3. 3. Consumereports health.org
  4. 6. Drug Facts and Comparison
  5. 8. Medical reference Books from Gale
  6. 9. Medical Reference Books from Gale
  7. 10. MedlinePlus <ul><li>www.medlineplus.gov </li></ul><ul><li>MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families and friends. </li></ul>
  8. 16. Medlineplus
  9. 18. Clinical Trials also in Medlineplus
  10. 19. Salem Health
  11. 20. Salem Health
  12. 21. Salem Health
  13. 31. Doctor & Hospital What can and cannot be answered <ul><li>YES </li></ul><ul><li>- General/biographical information. </li></ul><ul><li>- License Look ups </li></ul><ul><li>- Suspensions/lawsuits </li></ul><ul><li>NO </li></ul><ul><li>- Number of individual procedures performed </li></ul><ul><li>or types of patients seen. </li></ul>
  14. 32. Licence Look-ups & bios <ul><li>Doctors are licensed by state. In Illinois </li></ul><ul><li>Department of Professional Regulations www.idfpr.com </li></ul><ul><li>- License number, original issue date, and the date of expiration are provided. </li></ul><ul><li>- If there is a “Y” under “Ever Disciplined?” </li></ul><ul><li>you’ll be able to click it for more information. </li></ul>
  15. 33. IDFPR <ul><li>The IDFPR used to provide more information </li></ul><ul><li>(medical school attended, year of graduation, residency, etc.), but that information was removed due to a lawsuit. </li></ul>
  16. 37. Hospital’s websites <ul><li>Most hospitals now provide physicians profiles on their websites. Usual info includes: </li></ul><ul><li>-A picture, age, some times brief bio </li></ul><ul><li>-Medical school, year of graduation, residency </li></ul><ul><li>-Board certification, areas of specialty </li></ul><ul><li>ABMS www.abms.org shows board certification. </li></ul><ul><li>Registration is required. </li></ul>
  17. 39. More! More! <ul><li>A quick Google search may turn up membership in relevant professional organizations or even a C.V. </li></ul><ul><li>A quick Pubmed or some other article search will turn up any recent scholarly publications. </li></ul>
  18. 40. More Tools… <ul><li>Angie’s list – user based reviews, not free </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.angieslist.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Insurance Companies Databases </li></ul><ul><li>-ex. United Healthcare https://www.geoaccess.com/uhc/po/Default.asp </li></ul><ul><li>Private Companies – Castle Connolly guides </li></ul><ul><li>www.acstleconnolly.com </li></ul>
  19. 41. More tools.. <ul><li>Big publications like Chicago Magazine & U.S. News and World Report. </li></ul><ul><li>- Rankings are not truly objective. </li></ul><ul><li>- They often buy their ranking data from organizations like Castle Connolly. </li></ul>
  20. 42. More tools…Healthgrades
  21. 43. Healthgrades Hospitals
  22. 45. Healthgrades Doctors
  23. 46. Healthgrades Malpractice
  24. 47. Physician Directories <ul><li>American Board of Medical Specialties </li></ul><ul><li>American Dental Association (ADA) Member Directory </li></ul><ul><li>DoctorFinder from the American Medical Association </li></ul><ul><li>License Look-up from the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation </li></ul><ul><li>MedlinePlus Directories: General Doctors and Dentists </li></ul>
  25. 51. Doctor’s Finder
  26. 52. Procedures <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  27. 53. Hospitals,  HMOs, and Nursing Homes <ul><li>American Hospital Directory </li></ul><ul><li>America's Best Hospitals from U.S. News & World Report </li></ul><ul><li>Hospital Compare (Department of Health &Human Services) </li></ul><ul><li>Nursing Home Compare (from Medicare.gov) </li></ul><ul><li>Nursing Homes in Illinois from the Illinois Department of Public Health </li></ul>
  28. 54. Drug Information <ul><li>Drug Facts & Comparisons (SPL Database) </li></ul><ul><li>DrugDigest </li></ul><ul><li>Drugs, Supplements, and Herbal Information </li></ul><ul><li>(Part of MedlinePlus) </li></ul><ul><li>Drugs.com </li></ul><ul><li>Electronic Orange Book (FDA) </li></ul><ul><li>Natural Standard (SPL Database) </li></ul>
  29. 55. Buying drugs online
  30. 56. Buying Drugs Online <ul><li>VIPPS Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites </li></ul><ul><li>from the </li></ul><ul><li>National Association of Boards of Pharmacy NABP </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.nabp.net/ </li></ul>
  31. 58. Articles from Professional Journals <ul><li>Pubmed – pubmed.gov </li></ul><ul><li>PsycARTICLES </li></ul>
  32. 59. Kaiser Family Foundation www.kff.org <ul><li>non-partisan source of facts, information, and analysis for policymakers, the media, the health care community </li></ul><ul><li>One of the best sources to understand Health Reform http://healthreform.kff.org/ </li></ul>
  33. 60. HealthCare.gov <ul><li>Find Insurance Options </li></ul><ul><li>Hospital Compare </li></ul><ul><li>Nursing Home Compare </li></ul><ul><li>Dialysis Compare </li></ul><ul><li>Understand the new Law </li></ul><ul><li>Health Care News </li></ul>
  34. 61. Illinois Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (IPXP) <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>https://www.pcip.gov </li></ul>
  35. 62. Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan <ul><li>The Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan: Covers a broad range of health benefits, including primary and specialty care, hospital care, and prescription drugs. </li></ul><ul><li>Doesn’t charge you a higher premium just because of your medical condition. </li></ul><ul><li>Doesn’t base eligibility on income. </li></ul>
  36. 63. Evaluating internet Health Information <ul><li>Who runs the site? </li></ul><ul><li>Why have they created the site? </li></ul><ul><li>What do they want from you? </li></ul><ul><li>Who is paying for the site? Does the site’s information favor to sponsor? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the original source of the information? </li></ul><ul><li>How is the information on the Web site documented? </li></ul>
  37. 64. Evaluating Health Information <ul><li>How does the Web site choose links to other sites? </li></ul><ul><li>How is information reviewed before it is posted on the Web site? </li></ul><ul><li>What information about its visitors does the Web site collect, and why? </li></ul><ul><li>National Library of Medicine Tutorial </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/webeval/webeval.html </li></ul>
  38. 65. Evaluating Health Information <ul><li>Remember </li></ul><ul><li>Information that you find on the Web site does not replace your doctor’s advice. </li></ul><ul><li>If you read something on the Web that doesn’t agree with what your doctor has told you, ask him or her about it. </li></ul>

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