Vital Signs™ Blog

  • A Second Opinion Could Save Your Life

    April 27, 2017

    A new study done by the  Mayo Clinic has found nearly 9 out of 10 patients seeking a second opinion at Mayo go home with a different diagnosis—completely changing treatment plans and prognoses for some patients. The study, led by researcher James Naessens, Sc. D. and team, analyzed the records of 286 patients who went to the Mayo Clinic for a second opinion. They found the Mayo Clinic doctors gave 21 percent of patients an entirely different diagnosis, and another 66 percent of patients had their diagnoses refined. This study isn’t the first of its kind to bring attention to major

    Read More
  • Member Experience: Sometimes Surgery Isn’t the Right Answer

    April 20, 2017

    This is the latest in our series of members stories featuring real-life experiences of members who turned to Best Doctors to ensure they had the right diagnosis and treatment. Best Doctors stopped Jack from undergoing an high-risk, unnecessary surgery. Bonnie’s dad, Jack, needed a heart valve replacement. However, he had a stroke due to a previous angiogram. Jack’s cardiologist said he would need to open a blockage in one of the carotid arteries before he would perform the heart valve replacement. However, Bonnie, her brothers and even most of Jack’s other doctors thought two proce

    Read More
  • National Employee Benefits Day

    April 3, 2017

    National Employee Benefits Day: Benefits Communication Today is the 13th annual National Employee Benefits Day as established by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans. This year’s observance has a specific focus on benefits communication. Keeping your audience engaged is quite a challenge, but when done right, extremely effective and worth the effort. Best Doctors thoughtfully collaborates with its clients and engages its members with ongoing strategic communications, both physical and digital. This allows us to drive engagement and in turn, keep a larger percentage of pop

    Read More
  • Takeaways From the Latest IOM Report

    January 5, 2017

    The new report Improving Diagnosis in Health Care, released by the National Academies of Medicine (formerly IOM), has quickly gained tremendous attention in the medical community, mainstream press, and Best Doctors’ own social media channels. That’s because the report – which addresses the scourge of diagnostic error head-on – sounds many of the same notes that Best Doctors has been for years, and the message is resonating. So much ground is covered in the report, but there are a few key themes and takeaways to highlight. At the outset, the new report makes clear that diagnosis is a c

    Read More
  • Anatomy of a Second Opinion

    We like to say that not all second opinions are created equally. The caliber of the expert reviewing the case, plus all the careful and necessary steps to support the process, are what sets the Best Doctors second opinion apart. But rather than just tell it, why not show the anatomy of a second opinion…

    Read More
  • A Word from Our Experts

    We enjoy sharing our members’ and clients’ success stories with you. However today, it’s time to hear from our Experts, some of the most talented physicians across the globe, about their experience working with Best Doctors. The Best Doctors database includes over 53,000 of the world’s top medical experts in 450+ medical specialties. Each has been designated as among the best by other doctors through an exclusive, Gallup®-certified process. Best Doctors takes great pride in its highly regarded physician network and it turns out these physicians applaud our program as well.  

    Read More
  • Improving Quality of Care, Facilitating Return to Work

    A Different Approach to Workers’ Compensation: In addition to providing second medical opinions and medical excellence to employees, organizations are increasingly thinking about enhanced medical programs for their population that is at risk for work-related injuries. Why? Because every workday, some 5,000 workers sustain injuries which disable them for at least a week. The American Journal of Medicine states that at least 15 percent of all medical cases in developed countries are misdiagnosed. With workers’ compensation cases, not only do you need a correct diagnosis and treatment plan,

    Read More
  • The Darker Side of Misdiagnosis

    November 18, 2016

      The Darker Side of Misdiagnosis   This month in Health Matters, we bring our attention to depression and hypothyroidism. Although they are two separate diseases, depression can be a symptom of hypothyroidism, which is a deficiency in the levels of hormones created by your thyroid gland. The medications prescribed to increase low thyroid levels can often alleviate the many symptoms of hypothyroidism, including depression. Since the indicators of hypothyroidism and depression are similar, doctors sometimes overlook the possibility that a person who is depressed may have low t

    Read More
  • Looking Beyond the Six Letter Word

    Focus on cancer and the many treatments. This month we will focus on the dreaded disease, cancer. There are nearly as many treatments for cancer as there are types of cancer, making it one of the most complex and life-changing diagnoses possible. Cancer can begin in the lungs, the breasts, the colon or even in the bloodstream. It can stagnate in certain areas of the body or spread through the body, and the spreading can happen slowly or very rapidly. While cancers are alike in some ways, they can differ significantly in many others—including how they grow and spread. Oncology resear

    Read More
  • Analytics Aiding Excellence

    Harnessing Health Data to Improve Outcomes For large organizations, 5% of a population can account for 60% of the medical costs. Do you know which 5%? Best Doctors provides enterprises of every size and type with analytics solutions that segment populations, expose trends, guide resource allocation, and identify members for medical intervention. With the right tools in place, companies can go beyond predictive analysis and reporting to truly improve health and financial outcomes. This webinar directly address the population health challenges that business face and explore the solutions t

    Read More

Have Questions?