Medical websites: Helpful tips from Tri-state doctors
Are you guilty of searching the web for your ailment? The
search results can be scary and usually questionable.
However, several top doctors around the Tri-state have some
"Sometimes people will come in with stacks of paper about a
bunch of different symptoms and diseases that they think they have," explains
Doctor Amar Bhati from Christ Hospital.
Bhati says many people tend to Google an ailment before
visiting a physician. However, Bhati says many of the top sites on the Google
search list can be misleading and hard to navigate.
"I mean Web M.D. is a good website, but it's a more
for-profit thing, so there's even more advertising," says Bhati. "The websites
we try to encourage are the hospital websites because they're more directed."
He says local hospital websites have less clutter and
advertisements. These sites are more specific and in-depth. Hospital sites have
longer descriptions and video diagrams.
A new system at Christ hospital called "My Chart" even
allows patients to email medical assistants.
"It's an email situation where the patient can contact the
doctor directly through the internet," explains Bhati. "It kind of gets
filtered through the medical assistants. If it's something they can't handle it
comes to the physician quickly."