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Here are some links that can help you learn more about hospitals, doctors, conditions, procedures, health insurance and more.
- Information on Hospitals
- Research Resources
- Family Support Resources
- Health Insurance
- Surgery

Information on Hospitals

Government and State Resources

  • Hospital Compare
    This tool provides you with information on how well the hospitals in your area care for their adult patients with certain medical conditions. This information will help you compare the quality of care hospitals provide. Hospital Compare was created through the efforts of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and organizations that represent hospitals, doctors, and employers, accrediting organizations, other Federal agencies and the public.

    Talk to your doctor about this information to help you, your family and your friends make your best hospital care decisions.

  • Your Family Health and Medical Record
    Knowing the details of your family’s health information can come in handy in the event of an emergency. Click on the link on the top right: “Download printable booklet: Family Health and Medical Record (PDF)”. Print out this 18-page pdf form and fill it in with all the necessary information. Remember to make several copies: keep one at work, at school, and a few at home. Print out extra copies of pages 7-12 if you have more than one child. Be sure to update the information regularly. The Texas Cooperative Extension is an educational organization provided by the U.S. government, the state government through Texas A&M University, and your county government.

Nonprofit Organizations

  • American Medical Association - Doctor Finder
    DoctorFinder provides you with basic professional information on virtually every licensed physician in the United States. This includes more than 690,000 doctors. The American Medical Association helps doctors help patients by uniting physicians nationwide to work on the most important professional and public health issues. The AMA is the nation’s largest physician group.

  • DocFinder - Administrators in Medicine
    An online physician directory, the AIM DocFinder is the only combined public online physician database that has its direct source of data from state government licensing boards and that also remains free of charge to the public. DocFinder contains the licensing background and disciplinary information of physicians and other health care practitioners with much more detailed Medical Malpractice, Hospital Discipline and Criminal Conviction information.

Research Resources

Government and State Resources

  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
    American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) Web site has good info on general children’s health topics. American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 60,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of health and well-being for all children.

  • Medline Plus
    MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from the National Library of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations. MedlinePlus also has extensive information about drugs, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, and latest health news.

Nonprofit Organizations

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For-profit Companies

  • PDR Health
    The Physician's Desk Reference offers information on common disease, general health and wellness and drug information. Thomson Scientific & Healthcare provides integrated information solutions to researchers and librarians, physicians and pharmacists, and other professionals worldwide.

  • Web MD
    At this site you can learn about health conditions, check your symptoms and find a doctor or specialist nearest you. Web MD is a public portal designed to help consumers take an active role in managing their health by providing objective healthcare and lifestyle information. Web MD is owned and operated by the Emdeon Corporation, a company that provides business, practice and products for the healthcare industry.

  • WholeHealthMD
    The site has information to research symptoms and ailments, treatments and recipes. WholeHealthMD.com is American WholeHealth Networks' Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) education Web site. American WholeHealth Networks focuses on providing Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) benefit management and risk-sharing arrangements to health care organizations throughout the country.

Family Support Resources

Partner Sites

  • WhatFriendsDo.com
    A fantastic FREE site, the WhatFriendsDo.com webtool can help family and friends form a "Team" and respond to multiple life changing events in an organized and helpful way for those they love and care about. The site provides great ideas to help your team be there with it's understanding, love and uplifting support.

Government and State Resources

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Nonprofit Organizations

  • CaringBridge
    CaringBridge™ is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization offering free personalized Web sites to those wishing to stay in touch with family and friends during significant life events. CaringBridge authors quickly and easily create personalized Web sites that display journal entries and photographs. Well-wishers visit the site to read updates and leave messages in the Guestbook.

For-profit Companies

  • CarePages
    CarePages specializes in enhancing the health care experience by connecting patients and families with their health care provider. CarePages make it possible for friends and family to "virtually visit" and support the patient even if they can't be there in person. CarePages owned and operated by TLContact, a Chicago-based healthcare services company.

Health Insurance

Government and State Resources

  • Choosing and Using a Health Plan
    Information about health care choices, quality of health care and comparing providers. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is a part of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). HHS is the principal U.S. government agency for protecting the health and safety of all Americans and for providing essential human services.
  • Healthfinder.gov
    This portal from the National Health Information Center of The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), offers a health library, information about health care and links to health organizations. HHS is the principal U.S. government agency for protecting the health and safety of all Americans and for providing essential human services.

Nonprofit Organizations

  • America’s Health Insurance Plans: Guide to Health Insurance
    America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) offers tips on how to compare plans, self-insured plans, and making sense of health insurance. AHIP is the national association representing nearly 1,300 member companies providing health insurance coverage to more than 200 million Americans.
  • Choosing and Using a Health Plan: WebMD
    Also titled ‘Choosing and Using a Health Plan,’ this article from WebMD offers tips on evaluating the quality of health care plans and insurance coverage. Web MD is owned and operated by the Emdeon Corporation, a company that provides business, practice and products for the healthcare industry.
  • Insurance - AARP
    Information on managed care, private insurance and Medicaid. The information is useful for all ages interested in learning more about health care coverage. The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) is a nonprofit membership organization of persons 50 and older dedicated to addressing their needs and interests.


Government and State Resources

  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
    Offers a list of questions to ask your doctor and your surgeon, articles on benefits, risks and how to take care of your health. An agency within the Dept. of Health and Human Services, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is the lead Federal agency charged with improving the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans.

Nonprofit Organizations

  • American College of Surgeons
    Info on frequently performed procedures, finding a qualified surgeon and answers to other frequently asked questions. The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient by setting high standards for surgical education and practice.
  • American Society of Anesthesiologists
    Learn more about the different types of anesthesia, questions to ask before surgery and other frequently asked questions. The American Society of Anesthesiologists is an educational, research and scientific association of physicians organized to raise and maintain the standards of the medical practice of anesthesiology and improve the care of the patient.
  • National Women's Health Research Center
    This site includes information about preparing for surgery, making arrangements for a hospital stay and post-surgical pain and pain relief. The not-for- profit National Women's Health Resource Center (NWHRC) is the leading independent health information source for women.


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