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N.C. Medical Board site ranked in Top Five by Consumer Reports

The North Carolina Medical Board’s website ranked in the top five nationwide for transparency and ease of use when reviewing a doctor’s qualifications and history.
The North Carolina Medical Board’s website ranked in the top five nationwide for transparency and ease of use when reviewing a doctor’s qualifications and history. NYT

The North Carolina Medical Board’s website has ranked in the Top Five of medical board websites across the country based on transparency and ease of use, according to an analysis by Consumer Reports Safe Patient Project and the nonprofit Informed Patient Institute.

North Carolina’s site – www.ncmedboard.org – tied for fourth place with Illinois, according to the report that will be a Consumer Reports cover story for May.

The consumer groups recognized the North Carolina website for the quality and accessibility of information in its profiles of physicians and physician assistants. The magazine said only four state medical board websites – North Carolina, California, New York and Virginia – provided at least some information in all five categories considered in the review. The categories were disciplinary actions, malpractice, hospital actions, criminal convictions and federal actions.

Also, North Carolina was singled out for its use of social media to provide meeting announcements and other public information. The medical board uses Facebook and Twitter, and regularly updates its website with public information.

South Carolina’s medical board website ranked 31st out of 65 medical and osteopathic board websites.

Read the Consumer Report article: http://consumersunion.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Final-report-for-posting-3-28-16-6PM-ET.pdf

Karen Garloch: 704-358-5078, @kgarloch

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