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Edmond Health Care

Everyone in the U.S. today is interested in health care, and this information is not just about Edmond health care and the hospital across the street from Bryant Grove.

This is a source of general information to help you find the best healthcare solutions you can, no matter where you live, for yourself, your family, loved ones and friends. Enjoy life and be well.

Remember

In an emergency you should call 911 or go to the nearest hospital, which for our residents is directly across the street.

Reduce Infection Deaths

According to Dr. Betsy McCaughey, PhD and RID founder, hospital infection kills more people each year in the U.S. than AIDS, breast cancer, and auto accidents combined!

She recommends when we visit someone in the hospital, don’t take them flowers or candy. Take them a container of bleach wipes and clean all the surfaces around their bed including the bed rail, the over-the-bed table, the call button and IV pole.

You just might be saving their life.

ZocDoc

Are you looking for a chiropractor, dentist, dermatologist, eye doctor, gynecologist, primary care doctor or psychiatrist? If so, try ZocDoc. This free service can help you find a local medical professional and book an appointment instantly through their online form. You can view a map of doctors in your insurance network, or read doctor reviews and ratings to help you choose the right one, or see a doctor’s appointment availability.

For healthcare on the go, try the ZocDoc iOS or Android apps.

Patient Empowerment

About.com has a full patient empowerment page on what you can expect to learn from doctor rating/ranking websites. They discuss what kinds of ratings sites exist, what information you want to know about a doctor, how ratings or rankings are developed, and what the potential problems can be with these rating/ranking websites.

They also have information on how to find a doctor’s medical malpractice track record that should not be overlooked.

It’s all a bit long but worthwhile if you want these details.

Compare Care Providers

Many tools are available to help you search, assess and compare physicians and other health professionals, hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies and dialysis facilities so you can make better decisions. This is a good place to start. You’ll also find information on medical specialties, clinical training and foreign languages spoken.

Compare Hospitals

Hospital Compare has information about the quality of care at over 4,000 Medicare-certified hospitals across the country. You can use this service to find multiple hospitals in your area and compare the quality of their care.

Their information can:

  • Help you make decisions about where to get your medical care
  • Encourage hospitals to improve the quality of care they provide

Hospital Safety Score

The Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Score program grades hospitals on their overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors. Their grades are derived from analysis of publicly available data using 28 evidence-based national measures of hospital safety.

Use their online search form to see how they rate your local general hospital. The Wall Street Journal lists them among “Ten ways patients get treated better” in their December, 2012 article found here.

Doctor Reviews

According to their website, Healthgrades is an independent health care ratings company where you can research doctors, hospitals, medical procedures and more.

You can also try UCompare Health Care or RateMDs which are both directory sites that includes information and ratings on doctors, hospitals and nursing homes, and where you can enter your own feedback about your personal medical care experiences.

WebMD

WebMD is a grand potpourri of medical and health information literally from A to Z. The website can be a bit overwhelming with all its lists, graphics and busy design, but there is a lot of information available. You can poke around and wade through it or try their search results (with lots of ads).

Electronic Medical Records

Health records are going electronic fast, and hopefully that will enable anyone to change healthcare providers easily if that’s what it takes to receive good care.

Electronic medical records (EMRs) have many improvements over paper records. They are usually better organized than paper records, can eliminate the illegible handwriting doctors are famous for, and provide for storage of far more information. EMRs can also be backed up on- or off-site without much fuss.

Yet even with those advantages, you still need to look out for yourself and your loved ones. It’s your health and theirs at stake.

Disclaimer

This information is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, links, graphics, images, apps and information, contained on or available through this page is for general information purposes only.