The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality provides a list of important questions to ask doctors before, during, and after visits. The site also hosts a substantial compilation of videos featuring both patients and doctors, along with a question-building tool that allows patients to input information to determine which questions would be most appropriate to ask.
This site is dedicated to promoting and supporting family medicine in an effort to improve the health of patients, families, and communities. More appropriate for medical professionals, the site emphasizes continuing medical education courses, family medicine journals, patient care materials for providers, and information about medical school.
The American College of Cardiology is a physician-focused website that provides numerous resources on topics in cardiology. Users can access clinical resources written by medical authorities, up-to-date news, continuing medical education courses, clinical toolkits, advocacy materials, and more.
This website gives patients the know-how to request and follow through with the medical test that best fits their healthcare needs. Provides the latest recommendations from experts in the field on how/when certain tests or treatments may be unnecessary. This service is a collaborative among professional societies of physicians, health care foundations, and Consumer Reports.
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.
The Consumers' Research Council of America is a research group that provides information guides for consumers so that they can best choose professional services. The "Healthcare," "Pharmacy," and "Nursing Homes" sections will be the most relevant to HealthWeb Navigator users as they rank the best providers in various health fields like optometry, cardiology, urology, geriatrics, etc.
This commercial website contains extensive information about physicians organized by ZIP code. Users can search by location or doctor name, specialty, condition, or procedure. The site also contains medical information as well as a symptom-checker.
This website, called the "Uber" of health care, provides consumers with a digital platform that allows for virtual, real-time medical consultation with a health expert network comprising 100,000 providers. Consumers can post free and brief health questions to physicians (150 words or less). For a $99 monthly subscription, the consumer can get unlimited physician consultations with access to educational videos.
The "Physician Compare" tool provided by Medicare.gov allows users to search for physicians by entering a ZIP code and medical condition or physician specialty. Once the search results are generated, the user can view information about the physician such as distance from the entered location, education, group affiliation, etc.
Physician's Briefing is a medical news service that brings consumers the latest news in health, as well as articles and videos for everyday healthy living. Topics are broken down by specialty, filtering news by subject like "Allergy," "Geriatrics," "Nursing," "Psychiatry," "Surgery," etc.
This consumer-oriented website offers a tool to locate hospitals and physicians. The doctor-finder tool allows users to search for physicians by entering a ZIP code, physician specialty, or physician name. Once the search results are generated, users can view information about the physician and their hospital affiliations.
This section of WebMD serves as a physician directory that can be searched by location or by the physician's name or specialty. The physician's medical school credentials are also provided, along with accepted insurance, user ratings, office information, etc.
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.