Vital Signs

November 30, 2016

The darker side of misdiagnosis

400-06200435This month in Health Matters, we bring our attention to depression and hypothyroidism. Although they are two separate diseases, depression can be a symptom of hypothyroidism, which is a deficiency in the levels of hormones created by your thyroid gland. The medications prescribed to increase low thyroid levels can often alleviate the many symptoms of hypothyroidism, including depression.

Since the indicators of hypothyroidism and depression are similar, doctors sometimes overlook the possibility that a person who is depressed may have low thyroid levels as well.

There are many symptoms linked to hypothyroidism and depression, including fatigue, sluggishness, lack of mental focus and sleeping too much. The huge list of other hypothyroidism signals also includes:

  • Slower heart rate
  • Sensitivity to cold
  • Joint or muscle pain or cramps
  • Low blood pressure
  • Weight gain
  • Constipation
  • Dryness or yellowing of the skin
  • Brittle or thick nails
  • Swelling in front of the neck
  • Hair thinning or loss

Because depression is among the more common symptoms of hypothyroidism, it’s imperative that you have an open dialogue with your physician about both your physical and mental feelings. Once members have a diagnosis, a second opinion or case analysis can provide the facts you need to make informed, prudent decisions about your treatment.

400-06200435This month in Health Matters, we bring our attention to depression and hypothyroidism. Although they are two separate diseases, depression can be a symptom of hypothyroidism, which is a deficiency in the levels of hormones created by your thyroid gland. The medications prescribed to increase low thyroid levels can often alleviate the many symptoms of hypothyroidism, including depression.

Since the indicators of hypothyroidism and depression are similar, doctors sometimes overlook the possibility that a person who is depressed may have low thyroid levels as well.

There are many symptoms linked to hypothyroidism and depression, including fatigue, sluggishness, lack of mental focus and sleeping too much. The huge list of other hypothyroidism signals also includes:

  • Slower heart rate
  • Sensitivity to cold
  • Joint or muscle pain or cramps
  • Low blood pressure
  • Weight gain
  • Constipation
  • Dryness or yellowing of the skin
  • Brittle or thick nails
  • Swelling in front of the neck
  • Hair thinning or loss

Because depression is among the more common symptoms of hypothyroidism, it’s imperative that you have an open dialogue with your physician about both your physical and mental feelings. Once members have a diagnosis, a second opinion or case analysis can provide the facts you need to make informed, prudent decisions about your treatment.

October 28, 2016

Looking beyond the six-letter word

Focus on cancer and the many treatments.

This month we will focus on the dreaded disease, cancer. There are nearly as many treatments for cancer as there are types of cancer, making it one of the most complex and life-changing diagnoses possible.

Cancer Treatment - Printed Diagnosis on Green Background.

Cancer can begin in the lungs, the breasts, the colon or even in the bloodstream. It can stagnate in certain areas of the body or spread through the body, and the spreading can happen slowly or very rapidly. While cancers are alike in some ways, they can differ significantly in many others—including how they grow and spread.

Oncology research has advanced to the point that more people than ever before lead full lives after cancer treatment, but there is still not a definitive cure for cancer, and the multitude of treatment options further complicates managing the disease. In addition, cancer has become so common that doctors are often quick to diagnose it and treat the disease as if it is invasive or fast moving— which is not always the case.

It’s important to confirm your cancer is being treated appropriately as treatments vary widely, and can include traditional therapies (such as surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy), newer forms of treatment (clinical trials) and complementary or alternative therapies.

Cancer can be difficult to diagnose, and misdiagnosis is increasingly common. With treatments that include surgery and radiation therapy, the need for certainty in your diagnosis is imperative before you and your doctor can even determine an appropriate treatment method.

Focus on cancer and the many treatments.

This month we will focus on the dreaded disease, cancer. There are nearly as many treatments for cancer as there are types of cancer, making it one of the most complex and life-changing diagnoses possible.

Cancer Treatment - Printed Diagnosis on Green Background.

Cancer can begin in the lungs, the breasts, the colon or even in the bloodstream. It can stagnate in certain areas of the body or spread through the body, and the spreading can happen slowly or very rapidly. While cancers are alike in some ways, they can differ significantly in many others—including how they grow and spread.

Oncology research has advanced to the point that more people than ever before lead full lives after cancer treatment, but there is still not a definitive cure for cancer, and the multitude of treatment options further complicates managing the disease. In addition, cancer has become so common that doctors are often quick to diagnose it and treat the disease as if it is invasive or fast moving— which is not always the case.

It’s important to confirm your cancer is being treated appropriately as treatments vary widely, and can include traditional therapies (such as surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy), newer forms of treatment (clinical trials) and complementary or alternative therapies.

Cancer can be difficult to diagnose, and misdiagnosis is increasingly common. With treatments that include surgery and radiation therapy, the need for certainty in your diagnosis is imperative before you and your doctor can even determine an appropriate treatment method.

October 04, 2016

WEBINAR RECORDING: Analytics Excellence

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Harnessing Health Data to Improve Outcomes

 

For large organizations, 5% of a population can account for 60% of the medical costs. Do you know which 5%?

Best Doctors provides enterprises of every size and type with analytics solutions that segment populations, expose trends, guide resource allocation, and identify members for medical intervention. With the right tools in place, companies can go beyond predictive analysis and reporting to truly improve health and financial outcomes. This webinar directly address the population health challenges that business face and explore the solutions that companies can put into place to make an impact.

 

View the webinar recording now

More about Best Doctors Analytics

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Harnessing Health Data to Improve Outcomes

 

For large organizations, 5% of a population can account for 60% of the medical costs. Do you know which 5%?

Best Doctors provides enterprises of every size and type with analytics solutions that segment populations, expose trends, guide resource allocation, and identify members for medical intervention. With the right tools in place, companies can go beyond predictive analysis and reporting to truly improve health and financial outcomes. This webinar directly address the population health challenges that business face and explore the solutions that companies can put into place to make an impact.

 

View the webinar recording now

More about Best Doctors Analytics

September 20, 2016

Sometimes when you catch a bug, you need to look for the bite

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Focus on Lyme disease and flu-like symptoms

In continuation of our Health Matters series, we’d like to direct our focus on Lyme disease and the ways you can educate yourself to reduce the chances of misdiagnosis of Lyme disease the future.

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection primarily transmitted by deer ticks that affects more than 300,000 North Americans per year. However, because diagnosing Lyme disease can be difficult, many people who actually have Lyme disease may be misdiagnosed with other conditions, and many experts believe the actual number of cases may be much higher.

Lyme disease affects people of all ages. The Centers for Disease Control notes that it is most common in children, older adults, and others such as first responders and forest rangers who spend time in outdoor activities and have higher exposure to ticks.

The symptoms of early Lyme disease resemble those of the flu, including:

  • fever
  • chills and sweats
  • muscle aches and fatigue
  • nausea
  • joint pain

In addition, one of the most common indicators of early Lyme disease is a bulls-eye rash at the site of the tick bite. However, this telltale symptom is often faint or hidden on a remote part of the body, while some people don’t get the rash at all.

As with these early indicators, other Lyme disease symptoms (such as cognitive impairment, poor sleep, mood problems, and neurological issues) also occur in other diseases, making the symptoms of Lyme disease significantly overlap those of a host of other conditions, including:

  • fibromyalgia
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Lou Gehrig’s disease (also called ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Alzheimer’s disease

Because misdiagnosis of Lyme disease is particularly common, the need for a comprehensive approach to your care becomes even greater. Today’s complex health care landscape requires that we all become advocates for our own health and welfare. If you have flu-like symptoms and other circumstances that could indicate the prospect of Lyme disease, you should be skeptical about any diagnosis and open to the value of a second opinion.

 

400-06068735

Focus on Lyme disease and flu-like symptoms

In continuation of our Health Matters series, we’d like to direct our focus on Lyme disease and the ways you can educate yourself to reduce the chances of misdiagnosis of Lyme disease the future.

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection primarily transmitted by deer ticks that affects more than 300,000 North Americans per year. However, because diagnosing Lyme disease can be difficult, many people who actually have Lyme disease may be misdiagnosed with other conditions, and many experts believe the actual number of cases may be much higher.

Lyme disease affects people of all ages. The Centers for Disease Control notes that it is most common in children, older adults, and others such as first responders and forest rangers who spend time in outdoor activities and have higher exposure to ticks.

The symptoms of early Lyme disease resemble those of the flu, including:

  • fever
  • chills and sweats
  • muscle aches and fatigue
  • nausea
  • joint pain

In addition, one of the most common indicators of early Lyme disease is a bulls-eye rash at the site of the tick bite. However, this telltale symptom is often faint or hidden on a remote part of the body, while some people don’t get the rash at all.

As with these early indicators, other Lyme disease symptoms (such as cognitive impairment, poor sleep, mood problems, and neurological issues) also occur in other diseases, making the symptoms of Lyme disease significantly overlap those of a host of other conditions, including:

  • fibromyalgia
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Lou Gehrig’s disease (also called ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Alzheimer’s disease

Because misdiagnosis of Lyme disease is particularly common, the need for a comprehensive approach to your care becomes even greater. Today’s complex health care landscape requires that we all become advocates for our own health and welfare. If you have flu-like symptoms and other circumstances that could indicate the prospect of Lyme disease, you should be skeptical about any diagnosis and open to the value of a second opinion.

 

September 07, 2016

Industry Spotlight: The Financial Sector

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Finance is one of the most visible industries in America, but the financial sector faces unique challenges. To address the ongoing pressures, financial services firms are often forced to downsize and cut benefits, putting them at a disadvantage in both attracting new talent and keeping their employees satisfied. At the forefront of this issue is also the question of quality in medical care. Medical uncertainty is dangerous and wasteful. In the United States, a third of health care spending—equaling almost $800 billion a year—is wasted on unnecessary services, missed prevention opportunities and inefficiently delivered services.

In our newest Industry Spotlight, we go over the challenges of medical uncertainty in the financial sector, the value of Best Doctors in the industry and case studies from clients and members of Best Doctors.

Download the Industry Spotlight for free here.

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Finance is one of the most visible industries in America, but the financial sector faces unique challenges. To address the ongoing pressures, financial services firms are often forced to downsize and cut benefits, putting them at a disadvantage in both attracting new talent and keeping their employees satisfied. At the forefront of this issue is also the question of quality in medical care. Medical uncertainty is dangerous and wasteful. In the United States, a third of health care spending—equaling almost $800 billion a year—is wasted on unnecessary services, missed prevention opportunities and inefficiently delivered services.

In our newest Industry Spotlight, we go over the challenges of medical uncertainty in the financial sector, the value of Best Doctors in the industry and case studies from clients and members of Best Doctors.

Download the Industry Spotlight for free here.

August 22, 2016

HEALTH MATTERS SERIES: Lupus

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Best Doctors is a company that provides individuals with access to the best medical minds around the globe. To contribute to this mission, we’ve started a Health Matters series which will dive into relevant health topics on a monthly basis. By curating information from trusted sources, we hope to provide individuals with the confidence they need to tackle any health issue they face.

Our focus this month is lupus. Lupus is a chronic and incurable autoimmune disease that occurs when our tissues attack our own immune systems. Lupus can affect many parts of the body, including the joints, skin, kidneys, heart, lungs, blood vessels, and brain. The condition is extremely complicated and unpredictable, making it one of the most easily misdiagnosed medical conditions.

The symptoms of lupus resemble those of other more common conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, hepatitis C, influenza, and many others. Some of the most common lupus symptoms are:

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Joint pain, stiffness, and swelling
  • Fever and muscle pain
  • Hair loss and skin rashes

Another hallmark of lupus is that the symptoms tend to be sporadic, meaning that they sometimes can “flare up” and other times are in remission, further confusing the prospect for a proper and accurate diagnosis. There is no single test to diagnose lupus and it sometimes takes months or even years for a diagnosis of lupus.

According to the Lupus Foundation of America, from the time they first notice their lupus symptoms, it takes nearly six years for individuals with lupus to be diagnosed. 63 percent of people with lupus report being incorrectly diagnosed. Of those in the group reporting misdiagnosis, more than half reported seeing four or more different providers before their accurate diagnosis!

In addition to its complex and confusing symptoms, lupus can have big effects on your wallet. An October 2008 study found that the average annual direct health care cost of individuals with lupus was $12,643. The same study states the mean annual productivity costs (lost hours of productive work) for participants of employment age was $8,659.

The similarities of lupus symptoms to those of other diseases and the lack of testing protocols makes this inflammatory disease one of the most obvious candidates for the Best Doctors service. It’s important to take note of the symptoms you are experiencing. Having these in mind as you visit your physician will help you find the correct diagnosis. It goes without saying that second opinions are never a bad idea for health issues that are known to be so difficult to diagnose.

400-08109410

Best Doctors is a company that provides individuals with access to the best medical minds around the globe. To contribute to this mission, we’ve started a Health Matters series which will dive into relevant health topics on a monthly basis. By curating information from trusted sources, we hope to provide individuals with the confidence they need to tackle any health issue they face.

Our focus this month is lupus. Lupus is a chronic and incurable autoimmune disease that occurs when our tissues attack our own immune systems. Lupus can affect many parts of the body, including the joints, skin, kidneys, heart, lungs, blood vessels, and brain. The condition is extremely complicated and unpredictable, making it one of the most easily misdiagnosed medical conditions.

The symptoms of lupus resemble those of other more common conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, hepatitis C, influenza, and many others. Some of the most common lupus symptoms are:

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Joint pain, stiffness, and swelling
  • Fever and muscle pain
  • Hair loss and skin rashes

Another hallmark of lupus is that the symptoms tend to be sporadic, meaning that they sometimes can “flare up” and other times are in remission, further confusing the prospect for a proper and accurate diagnosis. There is no single test to diagnose lupus and it sometimes takes months or even years for a diagnosis of lupus.

According to the Lupus Foundation of America, from the time they first notice their lupus symptoms, it takes nearly six years for individuals with lupus to be diagnosed. 63 percent of people with lupus report being incorrectly diagnosed. Of those in the group reporting misdiagnosis, more than half reported seeing four or more different providers before their accurate diagnosis!

In addition to its complex and confusing symptoms, lupus can have big effects on your wallet. An October 2008 study found that the average annual direct health care cost of individuals with lupus was $12,643. The same study states the mean annual productivity costs (lost hours of productive work) for participants of employment age was $8,659.

The similarities of lupus symptoms to those of other diseases and the lack of testing protocols makes this inflammatory disease one of the most obvious candidates for the Best Doctors service. It’s important to take note of the symptoms you are experiencing. Having these in mind as you visit your physician will help you find the correct diagnosis. It goes without saying that second opinions are never a bad idea for health issues that are known to be so difficult to diagnose.

August 11, 2016

Improving Quality of Care, Facilitating Return to Work – A Different Approach to Workers’ Compensation


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In addition to providing second medical opinions and medical excellence to employees, organizations are increasingly thinking about enhanced medical programs for their population that is at risk for work-related injuries. Why? Because every workday, some 5,000 workers sustain injuries which disable them for at least a week. The American Journal of Medicine states that at least 15 percent of all medical cases in developed countries are misdiagnosed. With workers’ compensation cases, not only do you need a correct diagnosis and treatment plan, you need a correct diagnosis and treatment plan quickly.

The urgent nature of these complex or catastrophic cases should not put the quality of diagnoses and treatment plans at risk. This is where Best Doctors comes in. With complex or catastrophic cases, early expert intervention, decision support and the knowledge of medical experts can dramatically increase the chances for success. Think: shorter recovery times, higher levels of functional recovery, avoidance of unnecessary treatments and lower costs. A win-win for employers and employees.

Now let’s think about and analyze your outcomes and cost data and determine return-to-work recovery times. How are the numbers looking? Back injuries, catastrophic injuries and chronic pain management are the biggest pain points facing individuals, employers and claims professionals today. Which areas represent your highest costs? Do you currently have a strategy or process in place for managing claims and identifying areas of improvement?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employees who miss work for more than a year due to on-the-job injury or illness have a 25 percent chance of returning. After two years away, that number drops to almost zero. The numbers say it all. It’s important to help these injured employees recover by matching the claim to the medical resources.

If you have any questions or want to learn more about how Best Doctors’ Workers’ Compensation program could work at your organization, please reach out.


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In addition to providing second medical opinions and medical excellence to employees, organizations are increasingly thinking about enhanced medical programs for their population that is at risk for work-related injuries. Why? Because every workday, some 5,000 workers sustain injuries which disable them for at least a week. The American Journal of Medicine states that at least 15 percent of all medical cases in developed countries are misdiagnosed. With workers’ compensation cases, not only do you need a correct diagnosis and treatment plan, you need a correct diagnosis and treatment plan quickly.

The urgent nature of these complex or catastrophic cases should not put the quality of diagnoses and treatment plans at risk. This is where Best Doctors comes in. With complex or catastrophic cases, early expert intervention, decision support and the knowledge of medical experts can dramatically increase the chances for success. Think: shorter recovery times, higher levels of functional recovery, avoidance of unnecessary treatments and lower costs. A win-win for employers and employees.

Now let’s think about and analyze your outcomes and cost data and determine return-to-work recovery times. How are the numbers looking? Back injuries, catastrophic injuries and chronic pain management are the biggest pain points facing individuals, employers and claims professionals today. Which areas represent your highest costs? Do you currently have a strategy or process in place for managing claims and identifying areas of improvement?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employees who miss work for more than a year due to on-the-job injury or illness have a 25 percent chance of returning. After two years away, that number drops to almost zero. The numbers say it all. It’s important to help these injured employees recover by matching the claim to the medical resources.

If you have any questions or want to learn more about how Best Doctors’ Workers’ Compensation program could work at your organization, please reach out.

August 01, 2016

HEALTH MATTERS SERIES: When the symptom is a headache, finding the right treatment shouldn’t be

Headache

According to the World Health Organization, it has been estimated that almost half of the adult population has had a headache at least once within the last year. Chronic headaches can be among the most mysterious of health conditions, indicating other conditions or sometimes simply existing as a standalone problem.

The high probability of misdiagnosis in headaches raises some serious issues. Headache disorders collectively, were the third highest cause worldwide of years lost due to disability. A difficulty in diagnosis leads to more suffering, money spent and time wasted. And in the case of headache disorders, this applies to an amazingly large population.

Let us familiarize ourselves with two different types of headache disorders with common symptoms: migraines and cluster headaches.

Cluster headaches occur in cyclical patterns or clusters, and they are one of the most painful types of headache. A cluster headache commonly awakens you in the middle of the night with intense pain in or around one eye on one side of your head. Bouts of frequent attacks, known as cluster periods, can last for several months, usually followed by remission periods when the headaches subside for many months, and sometimes even years.

A cluster headache strikes quickly, usually without warning, although it is sometimes preceded by migraine-like nausea and sensitivity to light and sound. Common signs and symptoms during a headache include:

  • Excruciating pain, generally situated in or around one eye
  • Restlessness
  • Excessive tearing
  • Redness and swelling in your eye on the affected side
  • Stuffy or runny nose on the affected side

Other migraine-like symptoms—including sensitivity to light and sound—can occur with a cluster headache, though usually on one side.

A migraine, on the other hand, is usually a severe headache felt as a throbbing pain at the front or side of the head. Some people also have other symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, and increased sensitivity to light or sound. The intensity and severity of migraines often cause misdiagnosis between the two types of headaches.

Cluster headaches are also sometimes confused with sinus headaches, further complicating the diagnosis.

The similarities between cluster headaches and migraines are subtle, but they are enough to make it difficult for your doctor to make a certain diagnosis. If you are experiencing severe, debilitating headaches, pay special attention to the symptoms you are experiencing and write them down so you can remember to tell your doctor. In addition to advocating for your own health, never be afraid to ask for a second opinion. It’s estimated that half of the affected population self-treats with over-the-counter medications, but a lot of the time this Band-Aid fix is not as effective long-term as an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

Headache

According to the World Health Organization, it has been estimated that almost half of the adult population has had a headache at least once within the last year. Chronic headaches can be among the most mysterious of health conditions, indicating other conditions or sometimes simply existing as a standalone problem.

The high probability of misdiagnosis in headaches raises some serious issues. Headache disorders collectively, were the third highest cause worldwide of years lost due to disability. A difficulty in diagnosis leads to more suffering, money spent and time wasted. And in the case of headache disorders, this applies to an amazingly large population.

Let us familiarize ourselves with two different types of headache disorders with common symptoms: migraines and cluster headaches.

Cluster headaches occur in cyclical patterns or clusters, and they are one of the most painful types of headache. A cluster headache commonly awakens you in the middle of the night with intense pain in or around one eye on one side of your head. Bouts of frequent attacks, known as cluster periods, can last for several months, usually followed by remission periods when the headaches subside for many months, and sometimes even years.

A cluster headache strikes quickly, usually without warning, although it is sometimes preceded by migraine-like nausea and sensitivity to light and sound. Common signs and symptoms during a headache include:

  • Excruciating pain, generally situated in or around one eye
  • Restlessness
  • Excessive tearing
  • Redness and swelling in your eye on the affected side
  • Stuffy or runny nose on the affected side

Other migraine-like symptoms—including sensitivity to light and sound—can occur with a cluster headache, though usually on one side.

A migraine, on the other hand, is usually a severe headache felt as a throbbing pain at the front or side of the head. Some people also have other symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, and increased sensitivity to light or sound. The intensity and severity of migraines often cause misdiagnosis between the two types of headaches.

Cluster headaches are also sometimes confused with sinus headaches, further complicating the diagnosis.

The similarities between cluster headaches and migraines are subtle, but they are enough to make it difficult for your doctor to make a certain diagnosis. If you are experiencing severe, debilitating headaches, pay special attention to the symptoms you are experiencing and write them down so you can remember to tell your doctor. In addition to advocating for your own health, never be afraid to ask for a second opinion. It’s estimated that half of the affected population self-treats with over-the-counter medications, but a lot of the time this Band-Aid fix is not as effective long-term as an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

July 25, 2016

A Word from Our Experts

We enjoy sharing our members’ and clients’ success stories with you. However today, it’s time to hear from our Experts, some of the most talented physicians across the globe, about their experience working with Best Doctors.

The Best Doctors database includes over 53,000 of the world’s top medical experts in 450+ medical specialties. Each has been designated as among the best by other doctors through an exclusive, Gallup®-certified process. Best Doctors takes great pride in its highly regarded physician network and it turns out these physicians applaud our program as well.

 

Here’s what a few of them have to say:

 

“Without a doubt, Best Doctors is a simple and transparent way of providing high-quality second opinions to patients in difficult situations, and in a way that benefits both the patient and the doctor. I myself have had patients who used Best Doctors, and I found the expert reports to be reliable and highly informative.”

Dr. Luís Costa
Professor of Medicine
Director of Oncology
Hospital de Santa Maria

 

“I have had the privilege of working with Best Doctors for the past six years, both providing Best Doctors evaluations and receiving them and am continually impressed by the excellence of service to the patient, their families, and all health care providers involved in the patient’s care. This is a single source, that provides expert analysis and opinions in a timely, accurate and efficient way to optimize diagnosis and treatment for often complex medical and surgical problems. The collaboration among the Best Doctors staff and consultants combined with a user-friendly platform allows state of the art and cost-effective care to be carried out in every situation. With the patient always at the center, everyone benefits and there is no better service available today.”

Dr. Neal Futran
Director of Head and Neck Surgery
Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology

University of Washington Medicine

 

“Best Doctors’ members receive expert advice from specialists with documented and internationally acknowledged expertise. They benefit from unbiased advice, which aims at working in collaboration with their attending doctors, not against them. Additional travel for seeing another expert doctor for a second opinion and the burden of additional diagnostic tests and procedures can often be avoided. I am happy to support an organization that is aiming to help people both in Germany and around the world to improve the quality of their health care. As a pediatrician, I am convinced that parents will highly appreciate the reassurance to achieve optimal medical care for their sick child. Best Doctors can provide accurate and independent medical advice and expertise.”

Dr. Sibylle Koletzko
Professor and Director of Paediatric Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Dr. von Haunersches Kinderspital

 

“Having been a consultant for Best Doctors for over three years, I can say to patients and their treating doctors that Best Doctors is a virtuous and transparent organization. Never feel ashamed about asking for a second or third opinion. Excellent medical care and optimizing quality of life are the primary goals for every doctor in every country.”

Dr. Frans Moll
Professor and Director of Vascular Surgery
Chairman of the Department of Surgery

University Medical Centre Utrecht

 

“As a member of the Best Doctors European Medical Advisory Board, I am proud to be part of an organization that puts Europeans in touch with the world´s best available specialists. Having seen how my own expertise has helped members and their treating doctors make confident, informed decisions on their health, I would recommend Best Doctors to anyone seeking reassurance and certainty for themselves, their families and their loved ones.”

Dr. José Luis Zamorano
Professor of Medicine and Director of Cardiology
University Hospital Ramón y Cajal

We enjoy sharing our members’ and clients’ success stories with you. However today, it’s time to hear from our Experts, some of the most talented physicians across the globe, about their experience working with Best Doctors.

The Best Doctors database includes over 53,000 of the world’s top medical experts in 450+ medical specialties. Each has been designated as among the best by other doctors through an exclusive, Gallup®-certified process. Best Doctors takes great pride in its highly regarded physician network and it turns out these physicians applaud our program as well.

 

Here’s what a few of them have to say:

 

“Without a doubt, Best Doctors is a simple and transparent way of providing high-quality second opinions to patients in difficult situations, and in a way that benefits both the patient and the doctor. I myself have had patients who used Best Doctors, and I found the expert reports to be reliable and highly informative.”

Dr. Luís Costa
Professor of Medicine
Director of Oncology
Hospital de Santa Maria

 

“I have had the privilege of working with Best Doctors for the past six years, both providing Best Doctors evaluations and receiving them and am continually impressed by the excellence of service to the patient, their families, and all health care providers involved in the patient’s care. This is a single source, that provides expert analysis and opinions in a timely, accurate and efficient way to optimize diagnosis and treatment for often complex medical and surgical problems. The collaboration among the Best Doctors staff and consultants combined with a user-friendly platform allows state of the art and cost-effective care to be carried out in every situation. With the patient always at the center, everyone benefits and there is no better service available today.”

Dr. Neal Futran
Director of Head and Neck Surgery
Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology

University of Washington Medicine

 

“Best Doctors’ members receive expert advice from specialists with documented and internationally acknowledged expertise. They benefit from unbiased advice, which aims at working in collaboration with their attending doctors, not against them. Additional travel for seeing another expert doctor for a second opinion and the burden of additional diagnostic tests and procedures can often be avoided. I am happy to support an organization that is aiming to help people both in Germany and around the world to improve the quality of their health care. As a pediatrician, I am convinced that parents will highly appreciate the reassurance to achieve optimal medical care for their sick child. Best Doctors can provide accurate and independent medical advice and expertise.”

Dr. Sibylle Koletzko
Professor and Director of Paediatric Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Dr. von Haunersches Kinderspital

 

“Having been a consultant for Best Doctors for over three years, I can say to patients and their treating doctors that Best Doctors is a virtuous and transparent organization. Never feel ashamed about asking for a second or third opinion. Excellent medical care and optimizing quality of life are the primary goals for every doctor in every country.”

Dr. Frans Moll
Professor and Director of Vascular Surgery
Chairman of the Department of Surgery

University Medical Centre Utrecht

 

“As a member of the Best Doctors European Medical Advisory Board, I am proud to be part of an organization that puts Europeans in touch with the world´s best available specialists. Having seen how my own expertise has helped members and their treating doctors make confident, informed decisions on their health, I would recommend Best Doctors to anyone seeking reassurance and certainty for themselves, their families and their loved ones.”

Dr. José Luis Zamorano
Professor of Medicine and Director of Cardiology
University Hospital Ramón y Cajal

July 13, 2016

White Paper: Ensuring Medical Quality and Improving Outcomes

White Paper Cover for BlogThe higher cost doesn’t necessarily mean higher quality. In fact, misdiagnosis is rampant in the medical world, affecting hundreds of thousands of people each year.

It’s so common the Institute of Medicine (IOM) reported that most Americans will encounter at least one diagnostic error in their lifetime, sometimes with severe consequences to their mental or physical health. Recent studies have found medical error causes up to 440,000 deaths in the United States. In Canada, misdiagnosis accounts for up to 60,000 deaths per year at its highest estimate—equaling over 20 percent of the country’s total annual deaths.

Though much effort in the medical world has been focused on improving that quality, some care still lags far behind what it should be. Faced with this conundrum, employers are struggling to find the balance between medical care that is both cost-effective and efficient.

Our newest white paper explores the relationship between cost and medical quality, how to identify the top quality medical providers and our recommendations for improving medical quality in your programs.

Download the white paper for free here.

White Paper Cover for BlogThe higher cost doesn’t necessarily mean higher quality. In fact, misdiagnosis is rampant in the medical world, affecting hundreds of thousands of people each year.

It’s so common the Institute of Medicine (IOM) reported that most Americans will encounter at least one diagnostic error in their lifetime, sometimes with severe consequences to their mental or physical health. Recent studies have found medical error causes up to 440,000 deaths in the United States. In Canada, misdiagnosis accounts for up to 60,000 deaths per year at its highest estimate—equaling over 20 percent of the country’s total annual deaths.

Though much effort in the medical world has been focused on improving that quality, some care still lags far behind what it should be. Faced with this conundrum, employers are struggling to find the balance between medical care that is both cost-effective and efficient.

Our newest white paper explores the relationship between cost and medical quality, how to identify the top quality medical providers and our recommendations for improving medical quality in your programs.

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