Physician "rating" sites supposedly offer patients a means to explore information on health care professionals. Several companies claim to offer prospective patients the ability to compare providers based on education, experience and board certification. However, many of these websites are fraught with serious flaws.
Some studies suggest that two-thirds of the population uses the Internet to seek medical information, including choosing their physician. Too often, however, the information posted on many physician "rating" sites is incorrect, frequently listing prior office locations, incorrect contact information and inaccurate hospital affiliations.