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Hundreds of doctors around Indiana are putting their performance reports online as part of a push to increase transparency in the medical field.
The Indiana Health Information Exchange, a nonprofit that seeks to make medical information available electronically, announced this week the launch of a new website that will publish reports on doctors around the state.
About 750 doctors and more than 170 practices have opted into the website. Exchange spokesperson Molly Butters says her organization analyzes doctors based on the services they provide. Those reports are then put on the group’s website.
“Indiana is well ahead of just about every state in terms of programs that make information available to providers and this is a new step that many states haven’t been able to take because they simply don’t have information in a central repository like we have in Indiana,” she says.
Ben Park is the president of American Health Network, Indiana’s largest physician-owned group practice. He says patients generally still find doctors based on referrals, but making the reports public raises the bar for physicians.
“As a group we are highly competitive A students and if somebody says they’re going to be grading us, we want to get a good grade,” he says. “We can’t help it.”
Park hopes patients may start to look at the scores and choose their doctors based on patient outcomes.