Do you really know your doctor?
Tips for finding useful information are just a few clicks away
- Duration 6:20
- Date Apr 19, 2012
Tips for finding useful information are just a few clicks away
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You know I have small children and so whenever it's time to look for a doctor.
And our family.
I will -- a neighbor who also have small kids or something.
Is a pain or NHL -- try to figure out you know despite Google Winger sometimes I'll go through my health plans information on which doctors have stars by their names.
But honestly it's always a crap -- Because until you actually go to the office and you -- the doctor and see if you have any bonding with that person or if they actually have a knowledge that they were -- for.
You don't really know tips on how to find the right doctor.
-- Rothschild is the founder and CEO of vitals.
Like those of the things that tell the doctors whether or not you're still here.
Didn't see this morning good to be here so give me a tip MI going about it the right way should I really -- working my neighbors and friends.
That is one source you should be doing that we should also be trying to identify empirical information about the doctor.
Have they won any awards so -- have academic appointments.
Do they actually have the expertise for the particular disorder you need.
And then you should do what the rest of us do which is.
Happen to the wisdom of crowds.
And understand -- all love -- that is -- his patients are saying about Hemmer.
Oh it -- you -- -- awards an academic appointments.
What counts and what doesn't count.
At -- we try to identify the awards that.
Are either peer reviewed doctors -- other doctors or patient centric in which.
Patients have -- the doctors.
Also -- certain governmental agencies that give awards things like bridges to excellence and others.
I'm an academic appointments of someone's in charge.
The surgery department during their medical school that is definitely indicated that they are a good doctor.
If you find out that your doctor is not.
Really is it is that they can any sort of figure that out why -- in the office.
It's kind of tough to get up and walk out -- you do.
It is difficult it depends on how severe it is that's actually happened to me that's how I started vitals.
I'm we can warrior and I I was playing basketball injured my Achilles went -- for the operation and while I was on the Gurney being wheeled -- The orthopedist making small talk said to me.
I'm glad you're here and do this many.
You're kind of surgeries.
And I have got a surgery you want -- -- with that it's correct so I had.
The anesthesiologist put the coat over my mouth and that that was it for me as far as that surgery but it was clear that one needs to know and understand.
-- -- you didn't have a lamp so it turned out OK yes my husband just have a surgery six weeks given the way he won't walk for six months -- point guard on a basketball team.
So I don't either intimately familiar with some my -- this is the first time they're hearing this for me to -- talk about it.
But this was a really really tough difficult situation that was the -- that Jesus that he.
It did and that was the impetus for founding vitals and particularly in the world of orthopedist sore oncology people specializes -- and shoulders -- Elbows -- knees and you need to find a doctor.
They may be very good one area but not -- other.
I would try to help you do.
Now when you say -- you say that there are nine and a half million visitors to vitals per month.
-- what are people looking for.
There -- looking for the doctor that's right for them.
We all need a doctor there's about a 125.
Million appointments every month of people going to doctors.
And think about how we all buy a car you wouldn't buy one without -- -- search online -- try to help you do research online for.
Finding a doctor as well.
-- and making an informed choice see nowhere to go.
I can't we just -- put up vitals dot com that's what I love about an interactive you know by the way it's if you -- -- always getting better it came with your own full screens look at -- We're gonna screen search for positions -- can solve your specific problems search for doctor -- -- insurance plan a and that that's a big issue.
Because sometimes you find a rock star but you can't afford -- or her.
That's actually correct what you see on the screen are the three things that we advice people of the most important parts to make a decision.
Is -- the medical need.
That -- the doctor able to handle medical need are they within your network and insurance -- and that's critically important that's the difference between a twenty dollar bill that 2000 dollars illness.
Com and how far you willing to travel.
Usually you'll find between five and 25 doctors that will fit the bill.
Palm based on what you want and then you need to determine based on quality availability cost and fit.
Some of us want our doctors with gray -- -- experience those of -- -- younger doctors were more cutting edge in the familiar with the latest tips and procedures.
All right it we're gonna put the web -- up that's what I had wanted to see and that's vitals dot com that people can go to.
Is there anything I'm here that you -- draws.
-- attention to.
Well we've tried to make this -- simple as possible.
It's some people come on and they're just looking for.
A doctor they don't know who would is and that you can just search type in any medical needs search by -- and we'll find out the doctor give you the list from.
Our opinion of the best down to the at least fast or you may have gotten a recommendation from those -- friends and -- you wanna check it out.
You've got without a lot of ratings have more ratings on -- of doctors and anybody else.
-- think about when you walk into the waiting room.
You go in like the rest of us to stick your nose in a magazine and don't ask any of those other folks when they think about her -- at ten medals they all have an opinion.
We've try to gather that together and so those becoming friends and family.
-- truly brilliant because you're sitting in the waiting room and and I'm always sensitive I treated doctor's waiting room the way I do restaurant have been here.
If you don't sit around and there's only two or three of them in the place next -- is -- I think that's not where I -- -- In some cases that's absolutely true or may -- doctors just so educate get an appointment has really like to see one -- -- people at a time.
Either way that's probably not the way to make a decision -- should know before you walked into that waiting room.
What there is no about the doctor that's that we try to tell you RA.
Ross child founder and CEO -- vitals.
Vitals dot com check it out to other next time you're in search of some medical advisor doctor.
But hopefully that can help -- out what you would do this morning they think -- him.
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