Consumer surgery information sites examined

A growing number of online services offered by hospitals and publishers allow patients planning surgery to learn more about their alternatives and access information about procedures. The Wall Street Journal looks at web sites that educate and inform potential patients about the risks and rewards of some of the most common procedures.

Talking Points: With webcasts and on-site patient education tools like kiosks becoming increasingly common and popular with Web-hip consumers, providers need to carefully consider strategies that allow them to increase their online exposure.

- see this article from The Wall Street Journal (sub. req.)

ALSO: In a sign of the times, report card company HealthGrades has announced it will make price information for 50 commonly performed procedures available on its Web site. But of course that information has a price: $7.95. Article