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Online medical information difficult to locate

Available information online concerning a Pennsylvania doctor's or hospital's history might not always be the best or most accurate information to rely upon. The websites that most consumers find easily accessible on the internet are generally managed by privately owned companies rather than community based or government run websites. This also makes information concerning doctor or hospital errors more difficult to locate as well.

Often information found upon the privately owned sites is anecdotal rather than information showing objective criteria. The reason why these websites are more easily accessible is that search engines such as Google prefer listing sites that rely on patient experience than list other types of data.

It is legally complicated to attempt to get a hold of such information to begin with. We recently wrote about the reluctance of medical doctors to turn over their notes or medical records information. And legislation that has required doctors to provide medical malpractice online has been fought by the medical profession and challenged a number of times in court. Under such circumstances, it would be unrealistic to expect hospitals to take the efforts to make sure that such record information is easily available on websites for everyone to see it.

Knowing that such obstacles are being placed in the way of locating accurate medical malpractice information claims, individuals would strongly be advised to contact an attorney experienced in the medical malpractice area to assist them if such individuals suspect that medical malpractice may have occurred. Those responsible for such malpractice do need to be held accountable.

Source: Medscape Today, "Physician Reviews Online; Peer Review Protection," by Wayne J. Guglielmo, MA, Dec. 9, 2011

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