New York's Doctor Discipline Reports Are Now on the Internet
Albany, July 30 -- New York has become the first state to list disciplinary actions taken against licensed physicians on the Internet.
Information on the results of professional medical conduct investigations has been added to the Health Department's World Wide Web site. The new Web page is accessible by clicking on the "Information for Consumers" or "Information for Providers" icons on the Health Department's home page(http://www.health.state.ny.us) or by its direct address of http://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/opmc/main.htm. DOH's Web site is also accessible from Governor George E. Pataki's New York State home page (http://www.state.ny.us).
State Health Commissioner Barbara A. DeBuono, M.D., said, "We want New Yorkers to have easy access to information about the results of the physician discipline process. The Internet is an easy and effective way to help people check up on New York doctors at any time and in total privacy."
The new Web page includes the following information:
- Monthly reports for 1995 and 1996 of disciplinary actions against licensed physicians and physician assistants, including the penalty and nature of misconduct
- An index to the monthly reports for searching purposes
- The Professional Misconduct & Physician Discipline pamphlet, which describes the complaint process
- The 1995 Board for Professional Medical Conduct Annual Report
- A link to the State Senate home page for relevant statutes in Public Health and Education Law
- A link to the State Education Department's Office of the Professions Web page for information on the discipline process for other New York State licensed professions.
7/30/96-94OPA Contact: Claudia Hutton, Director, Public Affairs (518) 474-7354
New York State Department of Health Posted 8/6/96