Hospital rating web sites

Here’s a quick follow-up to my previous post on Patient Reports and how these types of reports have the potential to change health care and eHealth considerably. The article is from BusinessWeekOnline and is titled “Hunting for Hospitals That Measure Up“.

The article doesn’t reveal anything new, but I found the small vignettes to be useful. Also, the article mentions several different websites and services for patients looking for information to help make decisions on where to get treatment. There is an informal “evaluation”, with the authors comments on the quality of the different sites. It’s an interesting read.

As I wrote in my post, these types of websites are coming. The questions that need to be answered are how can we best use them (as patients) and how should we respond to them (as a health system).