This consumer-oriented website has tools to locate hospitals and physicians. It also features an annual ranking of hospitals, which can be sorted by location and specialty.
The Leapfrog Group offers a free resource for comparing hospitals using data from survey responses. Searching by location allows users to compare hospitals against criteria such as inpatient management, maternity care, high-risk surgeries, and more.
This section of the Medicare website lists hospitals in every ZIP code and publishes information on how each hospital performs in meeting Medicare's quality and safety standards. This allows patients to compare hospitals across regions.
Quality Check allows consumers to search and compare hospitals that have received a gold seal of approval by The Joint Commission, which oversees the accreditation and certification of nearly 21,000 healthcare organizations and programs in the U.S. Users are able to view a comprehensive accreditation history for each qualifying program, as well as quality reports made available for download.
Using Medicare inpatient data, Healthgrades assembles helpful patient-safety information on a majority of the hospitals in the U.S. Users can search by hospital name or location to access information such as patient-experience scores, clinical quality ratings broken down by specialty, and reviews of specific providers within each hospital. This information is provided free of charge, and users do not have to register with the site in order to access it, though signing up for a free account allows users to save more hospital data for later use.
The American Cancer Society compiles several databases and directories to help cancer patients who are searching for the best hospitals, healthcare facilities, and physicians. Users can find information on how to choose the right treatment team or cancer hospital, locating an accredited cancer center, or they can browse the site's five searchable databases that allow users to verify a doctor's certification status or licensing credentials.
ZocDoc helps patients book online appointments with medical providers. Users can view a doctors' available appointment times and instantly book online, compare verified user-reviews, receive tailored health reminders, fill out and save forms online, and more.
This website provides an overview of hospital quality and safety. The site also reports hospital scores based on public data, but details are available only by subscription. Some states (like Michigan and Massachusetts) also publish their own statewide data.