Patients less likely to research doctors due to a limited information online

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A recent survey from Harris Interactive shows that patients find it difficult to research their primary care doctors on the internet, Healthcare IT News reports.

Researchers found that many patients make decisions about who to choose as their primary care doctor based on location or from information that is available on their insurance company’s website. The study revealed that 67 percent of adults indicated that they wish they could find more information about their physician online.

Furthermore, nearly 71 percent of participants reported that they wish doctors would share information about their medical background and expertise online.

These numbers indicate a need for individuals who possess a health information technology degree to design and implement a program that patients can use to research potential doctors more efficiently.

Participants indicated that, because locating data on doctors is difficult, they have lowered their standards in trying to find any detailed information such as malpractice records and online reviews

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment opportunities for health information technicians are expected to increase by 20 percent over the next seven years.