I participated in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Healthgrades. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating in the Healthgrades App campaign.
I have a lot of health issues, shall we say, and I go to several (shall we say) doctors — a few specialized doctors in addition to my primary care physician. And one issue I have run into over the past several years is the obstacle (or complacency) when I need to find a new doctor, either to deal with a new health issue or, unfortunately, to replace a doctor I already have, for one reason or another. And, admittedly, when a doctor I have doesn’t deliver on their commitments or I get the feeling they’ve “given up” (sometimes it feels that way, sadly), I need to find a new doctor. But how? Ask friends and family? Ask other healthcare providers? Or do I just grab my provider directory, stick my finger randomly on the page and just make that person my new doctor? Because, truth be told? Sometimes I feel like finding a new doctor is something of a crap shoot. So when I heard about the Healthgrades app, I was pretty pleased.
I don’t know how this has slipped under my radar for so long (it was created in 1998!), but that’s no longer the case. I recently downloaded the Healthgrades app and took it for a spin. I found the profiles of several of my current doctors, and checked out the ratings, which were pretty much aligned with my personal experiences…so that’s a good sign. There are more than 3 million physician profiles — so, odds are, you’re likely to find one or two (or all) of your doctors on Healthgrades as well. And, with 225 million+ visitors, physicians are regularly getting “rated” on the different categories on Healthgrades, so you can see how they fare in numerous categories.
For instance, one of my doctors (NO, I’m not naming names) has been rated 12 times, which provides a helpful picture of what you can expect from the doctor. Look what other kind of things you can rate the doctors on:
It’s also super easy to use, whether you’re use the website or download the Healthgrades app. As soon as I downloaded it, I was good to go. Clicked on the type of doctor I wanted to search — and, boom — 564 results in my area. I click on their name, and up comes all their office(s) information, their affiliated hospitals, the insurance they accept, and, of course, the ratings they’ve received. By the way, you can do research on doctors, dentists, and hospitals at Healthgrades…and that information gives you the edge in knowing about a doctor before you even walk into their office!
For me, it’s tough to know what doctor what healthcare facility to choose — and of all the uninformed decisions you’re going to make in your life, your healthcare shouldn’t be one of them. And don’t let it be! You can use the Healthgrades app to make it a fully informed decision.