A report published by the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that the patient-as-consumer perspective is playing out in doctors’ offices. The findings from 2,137 patients found that almost 60% considered doctor rating sites “somewhat important” when they chose a doctor, trailing first-hand recommendations. Researchers found that bad medical reviews kept away 37% of the surveyed patients who used physician-scoring services, while good reviews pulled in 35% of respondents who used review sites.
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s website has been revamped. The now mobile-friendly site includes new features such as a “my profile” section that lets users set preferences and track their site activity, and a user experience that makes it easier to read and more accessible for users who rely on devices like screen readers.
The FDA’s OpenFDA Twitter feed has 186 Twitter followers and six official Tweets as of this writing. The Twitter feed, along with a related website, launched February 27. The agency says its goal is to be “a valuable resource to those wishing to use public FDA data in both the public and private sector.”