Maybe it’s all the egg nog or other holiday libations, maybe it’s New Year’s resolutions to get a check up and go to the dentist, or maybe it was just all the time with visiting relatives. Whatever the cause, people are turning out in droves this month to find Doctors and Dentists on Insider Pages.
Traffic to doctors and dentists is up 67% for the week beginning January 2nd.
The top 5 searches immediately following the holidays were for:
- Family Practice Doctors
Most frequently used search filters are (1) Insurance plans accepted by the doctor (2) Distance from your address and (3) Gender of doctor.
We hope you all found a great doctor! If you’ve got one you can recommend – please write a review for them on Insider Pages!
If you need a new doc or dentists, please try out our Doctor Finder and tell us what you think!
Posted by Eric, GM – Insider Pages
As of this morning Insider Pages had amassed comprehensive profiles on over 2.9 million health care providers from all across the United States. That’s about 2 million doctors and dentists and another 900,000 complementary care providers (therapists, nurses, physician assistants, nutritionists, personal trainers) and alternative health care providers (acupuncture, reiki, massage, etc.). Our goal is simple: make it easy to pick out a great doctor or health care provider online that meets all the requirements you care about. So if you’re looking for a highly-rated, female ob-gyn who accepts Blue Cross, has 10 years of experience and lives within 5 miles of your office or home – you can search on those criteria on Insider Pages and find a list of providers who meet them all. It’s a significant improvement over going to your company’s health plan website and randomly picking from a list of 3,000 providers near you. Judging on the phenomenal response we’ve gotten to our Doctor Finder it’s clear that a lot of you have been wishing you could find a doctor like this in the past. So we’re listening and trying to make the experience better and better.
We noticed that many of our visitors were looking for therapists, chiropractors, acupuncturists, nutritionists and personal trainers. That’s why we added the 900,000 complementary care and alternative care providers – again through our partnership with Health Grades. Clearly more of us are taking a holistic approach to our health than in the past and are assembling teams of providers that include MDs and non-MDs. You can expect to see more on this from Insider Pages in the coming months. We’ve still got a long way to go, but we feel passionate about providing the community with an objective and comprehensive forum for finding and sharing information about truly terrific health care providers. It’s an enormous help to others when you share your personal experiences with your doctors, dentists, therapists and health care providers by writing a review of them. It makes picking a doctor much less of the “blind date” experience we’ve all head selecting a doctor’s name at random from the Blue Cross website. It also helps great providers get noticed in the community. If you’ve got a wonderful doctor, specialist or other provider you can recommend, please take 5 or 10 minutes to review them on http://www.insiderpages.com! And please let us know what else you’d like to see Insider Pages do to make it easier for your to find great health care providers!
Posted by Eric, GM-Insider Pages
Recently the Department of Health and Human Services made available a trove of community health data as part of its Community Health Data Initiative. The data which can be freely downloaded includes information on county health status and rankings as well as quality scores for Medicare/Medicaid approved hospitals and nursing homes.
Today Bing and Google both jumped on the opportunity to create some interesting mashups overlaying the data on their maps.
We believe this is a good thing for two reasons. First, it’s another step towards empowering patients by getting more, objective, third-party data about health care services and facilities out in the open. Second, it’s wonderful that the data is being made available to companies so that the data will see the light of day. Companies (like us) can take it and turn it into something more easily searched and digested by everyday consumers.
We recently incorporated third-party data on the board certification and malpractice records of nearly 900,000 doctors and dentists as part of the Insider Pages Doctor Finder. It made for a much better user experience when picking a doctor because it’s critical to have that kind of third-party data to complement and validate user reviews. I wouldn’t expect the average 50-year-old son trying to find a nursing home for a parent to find (let alone wade through) all the great quality score data on the Medicare website, but I could see them reading it carefully if we pulled it into the nursing home profile pages on Insider Pages.
Posted by Eric, Insider Pages GM