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Framingham, MA, United States, 2006/03/11 - Consumers now have access to reports on healthcare providers throughout the United States. The reports are available instantly through a new web site..
Healthcare consumers now have instant access to free online reports containing information on physicians and, the quality of hospitals and nursing homes thanks to a new service offered by UCompareHealthCare.
The free reports are available at UCompareHealthCare.com to help consumers make informed healthcare decisions.
"Many people think the quality of healthcare is the same from hospital to hospital, or nursing home to nursing home. Simply put, that's not true," says UCompareHealthCare founder and industry veteran Mark Donnelly. "Health care institutions vary greatly - some provide better care for certain conditions and procedures than others."
With UCompareHealthCare's easy-to-understand, searchable database, which was created using many measurements developed under the guidance of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), consumers can compare important criteria for more than 5,500 hospitals.
Armed with this information, consumers can make intelligent and life-saving decisions about general and specialized healthcare for themselves and their loved ones. For instance, they can use data culled from the database to find the best hospitals for their healthcare needs in the city they are moving to. Or they can check the quality of the hospitals their insurance companies restrict them to. They can also use the data to find a nursing home that matches their elderly parents' needs near their own home, according to Donnelly.
"If you are moving to a new town, you check statistics on the schools, property values and crime rates. Why not also check the quality of the hospitals and information on local physicians? If you take a proactive approach to your health care, you will have a much better chance of a successful outcome," Donnelly says.
Donnelly, who has been in the health care industry for more than 30 years, founded UCompareHealthCare to help citizens become knowledgeable about their healthcare options.
"We want to help people find quality information that is easy to understand and apply to their situations. That way they can be their own best advocate," he said.
UCompareHealthCare, founded in 2005, provides free health care provider information and quality reports for individuals. The company's leading-edge database allows users to search critical information on more than 5,500 hospitals, 16,000 nursing homes and 535,000 U.S. physicians to make life-saving decisions. The company also provides a suite of dynamic Web-based interactive products and services for businesses, insurers, healthcare providers and hospitals to help them measure the quality and availability of healthcare services.
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