Want to find out-before your surgery-whether your doctor is renowned for not knowing the difference between right and left-as in your legs? Healthgrades.com Inc. can help. The 1-year-old site wants to be the online Consumer Reports of health care. "Consumers can find more information on the car or appliance they're buying than on who's performing their surgery or where it's being done," says Kerry Hicks, CEO and founder. "The choice could be fatal."
The site profiles more than 600,000 physicians, 5,000 hospitals, 400 health plans, 17,000 nursing homes and 300 fertility clinics. It even provides information on dentists (Get your teeth whitened!), acupuncturists (Relieve sinus pressure!) and chiropractors (Kiss back pain good-bye!).
The Lakewood, Colo.-based company recently launched a wireless application, in partnership with OracleMobile, for the traveler who needs to find a competent doctor if he's on the road. And they plan to beef up the website later this year by offering first-aid information, a pharmacy directory and a drug checker.