DC Has Created a Database of “Adverse Medical Events”

January 2, 2007

Washington D.C.’s Council has passed legislation that requires doctors to report “adverse medical events” for tracking in a database that will be accessible to the general public. Writes the Washington Post:

D.C. patients will someday be able to go online to a city Web site and check their doctors’ credentials and experience and whether they have lost malpractice suits or been disciplined.

Under legislation passed by the D.C. Council in its final session this year, District doctors, hospitals and health providers soon will be required to report “adverse medical events” to a centralized database being created by the city medical board, one of several measures that advocates say will help safeguard patients and improve care.

This is part of a broader trend. I think there’s a business opportunity for some enterprising entrepreneur here, as an “aggregator” of publicly available data.

(link courtesy iHealthbeat)

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