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Invited Commentary
July 2018

Optimizing Transparency to Empower Patients

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Medicine, George Washington University, Washington, DC
JAMA Cardiol. 2018;3(7):640-641. doi:10.1001/jamacardio.2018.0955

The latest phase of the information age has been the tremendous growth of publicly available data. We experience the information availability throughout our lives, with easy access to everything from news to opinions to technical data to restaurant and hotel ratings. Current events have also raised our awareness of how this widely available information can be misleading or sometimes outright false. Physician ratings have been available for many years through patient rating websites and through government-established public reporting registries. Just as society in general is struggling with the balance between widely available information and establishing the veracity of that information, the medical community is likewise challenged to optimize public reporting to achieve the best possible outcomes. The information accuracy, context, and communication approach matter.

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