- Healthcare Consumerism
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American Board of Internal Medicine
Find a board certified physician in the discipline of internal medicine and its subspecialties, and areas of added qualifications.
Choosing Wisely® "new"
Choosing Wisely® aims to promote conversations between physicians and patients by identifying five tests or procedures commonly used in nine medical specialties in the United States.
Clinician-Consumer Health Advisory Network (CHAIN)
CHAIN is an online educational, informational, and resource program operated by the Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTs) Educational Consortium; which includes the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Communicating with Your Healthcare Provider: The PACE System
Based on the program created by Donald J. Cegala, Professor of Communications at Ohio State University, this interactive program helps patients communicate clearly and effectively with their clinician. The University of British Columbia has created
a booklet "Talking With Your Doctor" also based on Dr. Cegala's program.
American Medical Association (AMA) provides the user with basic professional information on virtually every licensed physician in the United States. This includes more than 814,000 doctors.
Find Insurance Options "new"
This tool will help you find the health insurance best suited to your needs, whether it's private insurance for individuals, families, and small businesses, or public programs that may work for you. It was created to help consumers under the health insurance reform law, the Affordable Care Act.
Health Insight: A Consumer's Guide to Taking Charge of Health Information
Created by Dr. Kimberly M. Thompson, this website is part of a Harvard School of Public Health's Center for Risk Analysis project aimed at helping consumers evaluate health and scientific information and consider how the information can be used to improve their lives.
Healthcare Blue Book
A free consumer guide helping you determine fair prices in your geographic area for healthcare services. Using industry data from large employers to calculate a fair price it allows consumers to look up a fair market cash price for medical procedures, diagnostic tests, medications and other services by ZIP code.
Created through the efforts of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and others is a tool where you will find information on how well hospitals care for patients with certain medical conditions or surgical procedures.
This collaboration between the American Hospital Association and U.S.News & World Report provides FREE access and no registration! Start with their Best Hospitals for 2012-1013.
Is Your Doctor Certified?
Provided as a public service for personal consumers to determine if a doctor is board certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS).
Mayo Clinic Health Manager
This FREE tool that enables you to get interactive, personal guidance based on health information from Mayo Clinic experts. Plus, you can easily access and organize your family's health information all in one place.
My Family Health Portrait: A Tool From the Surgeon General
This internet-based tool makes it easy for you to record your family health history which can help your health care practitioner provide better care for you. All information is protected under the HIPAA Privacy Rule with the information never available to anyone else, unless you decide to share it.
Oregon PricePoint System
This Web site allows health care consumers in Oregon to receive basic, facility-specific information about services and charges.
Partner for Quality Care "new"
This website is dedicated to providing Oregonians with information they can use to help them get quality health care. It is managed by the independent, nonprofit Oregon Health Care Quality Corporation.
Quality Care Finder
Get contact information for hospitals, doctors, nursing homes, home health agencies, dialysis facilities, and drug and health plans.
Compare information about the quality of care and services these providers and plans offer. Get helpful tips on what to look for when comparing and choosing a provider or plan.
Talking With Your Doctor: A Guide for Older People
This publication from the National Institute on Aging helps you take an active role in your health care by being responsible and planning for good communication between you and your doctor.
At Vitals, consumers can find and choose from over 830,000 doctors based on several criteria while being able to write reviews.
The Bad Bug Book
This handbook provides basic facts regarding foodborne pathogenic microorganisms and natural toxins from the FDA.
Consider this as one-stop access to comprehensive government-wide information on pandemic influenza and avian influenza from the U.S. Government.
Infections from MedlinePlus
MedlinPlus created a special section which provides information on Infections from A to Z.
Infectious Disease Center
Learn about infectious diseases, prevention and treatments at this section of MedicineNet.com.
Vaccine Education Center
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia provides accurate, comprehensive and up-to-date information about childhood and adult vaccines and the diseases they prevent.
- Kidney & Urologic Disorders
The National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) provides detailed information on diseases of the kidney.
Kidney Patient Guide
Provides information not only on physical aspects of kidney failure but also on wider issues such as emotional, social and financial implications.
National Kidney Foundation's A to Z Guide
A comprehensive guide to kidney disease and related conditions with many resources.
Developed and monitored by board-certified physicians, nephrologychannel provides comprehensive, trustworthy information about conditions that affect the kidneys.
- Liver and Gallbladder Disorders
Liver Disease Information Center
The American Liver Foundation covers major liver diseases and related topics are covered in a concise but comprehensive manner.
The USC Liver Transplant Program and Center for Liver Disease provides this and other information on the liver and liver transplantation.
This site educates people about the options for liver cancer treatment through a host of resources which include a medical glossary, a description of various treatment options, relevant articles, and a physician finder.
Gallstones and Gallbladder Disease
The University of Maryland Medical Center provides indepth information on the gallstones and the gallbladder.