Note, I am posting this in the Security blog because medical care is obviously an important aspect of living a secure life and also because this site is likely to be collecting a LOT of confidential information about individuals, making it a security concern.
A new medical information site made it’s TV debut this morning and, since I already offer free medical research certified by HON, an affiliate of the U.N.’s WHO, I immediately went to check it out so I could decide whether to recommend it on helpdotcom.com.
Revolutionhealth.com was established by Steve Case, one of the founders of AOL, but don’t hold that against him (GRIN), it is a great idea, one which I have tried to get off the ground myself on a local basis.
It never seemed fair to me that you could find consumer ratings of ebay vendors and fast food joints, but not of doctors or hospitals.
Heck, nearly 100,000 people each year die of hospital-acquired infections but have you ever tried to obtain the mortality or infection rates for your local hospital?
This new site will allow consumers to post ratings, as well as providing lots of “official” medical information from various top U.S. schools (some of which I have worked with myself.)
To test out the site I initially registered, then returned later to post a review.
This was easy and the only way to really judge this site will be to go back in a month or two and see whether it is really obtaining an honest and useful database of consumer ratings.
Initially there are some problems with the site which is still obviously in the testing stage (but not marked as a “beta” site.)
First I found that the site reports the Punxsutawney Hospital is 11 miles from Punxsutawney – which is only 11 miles off. That is important because if you search for hospitals within 5 miles of Punxsutawney, you don’t get any results. The hospital is easily within the municipal limits.
Second, I have some questions about site security. These will only be answered in time but I wanted to let TR members know about this potentially important new site ASAP.
I am neither endorsing or criticizing this site, it has great potential and everyone with any concerns about medical care needs to monitor it’s progress.
Obviously it is also important for companies and I urge the site to add ratings for HMOs and other insurance plans.
Doctor rating sites are indeed a very helpful way of leading patients to the most appropriate doctor for them. Since these reviews are solely by past patients, they can’t get any better. Although I would suggest those who write reviews about doctors to give the most precise information and not exaggerate on any regard as false information can be very misleading.
No, the doctor and hospital ratings are from individuals, which is entirely appropriate in my opinion. You can't get a doctor to say anything bad about the worst hack in the same hospital so a service which lets actual patients rate doctors is vital and that is the important part of this Web site in my opinion. I'm not as concerned about the medical information which is available from many sites. The medical information posted does come from rather better informed sources than Wikipedia such as the Mayo and Cleveland Clinics mostly people with an M.D. after their names. I certainly agree about Wikipedia which is why I keep pointing out that my free medical site is approved by a U.N. authorized certification agency. You simply can't trust uncertified information on the Web. I personally tried several times to post breaking news on several "incurable" diseases on Wikipedia, only to have the postings deleted despite my pointers to such questionable sources as The Lancet and JAMA. (I'm not a medical professional, I'm a professional researcher.) IF this site works, what revolution health offers is a good way to see ratings of doctors and hospitals; perhaps if it grows enough we can force them to publich the statistical mortality data which they now refuse to give out or the number of upheld malpractice claims against some doctors which is also kept secret now. With any luck this has enough backing to bring public pressure to bear on bad hospitals and bad doctors. You can check out their board of directors at: https://www.revolutionhealth.com/about/board-of-directors Not an unimpressive list.
Apparently they don't have any information about people in my area. I performed several searches for different types of doctors. In all cases I was given the opportunity to be the first to write a review for any of the people listed. The fact that this site is founded by Steve Case is a red flag. Steve Case is the founder of America On Line. Under his regime they had very shabby ethics relating to people ending their membership in AOL.
Yes Stress, I agree completely about Case, in fact many years ago I declined an offer from AOL, it just didn't feel good to me and that connection is one reason I made it clear now I wasn't endorsing this site - YET! But I don't fault them for not having many reviews yet, the site was just announced this morning - in fact, I would have found it pretty suspicious if there had been a lot of pre-loaded reviews. So, be the first in your area Stress; I was the first for my local hospital, nothing wrong with that, and I feel as a former emergency management coordinator and current technology/science journalist that I am qualified as anyone to post a review.. I will be prepared to give a positive or negative comment about this site in a month or so but it does have potential and Case has a lot more publicity and money behind him than my attempt to do the same ever did (I was only trying to do it locally.) I am encouraged by the free nature of the site (advertising, of course, but as long as it isn't from a doctor or hospital I can live with it, heck, I have google ads on my site to help defray the costs.)