About My Health Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

OPP Database Should be Given Time to Improve

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on December 6, 2014 at 4:56 PM
Font : A-A+

 OPP Database Should be Given Time to Improve

A 'Viewpoint' published in JAMA urges readers to be patient with the new federal Open Payments Program (OPP) database. The site has been designed to report drug and device industry payments to physicians.

When the database produced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services went online on Sept. 30 it was found to be substantially incomplete. OPP would be most useful to patients if its data were available within other sites that report other indicators of medical practice, which would allow consumers to assess their doctors in an all-encompassing, user-friendly site.

Advertisement

Dr. Eli Y. Adashi, former dean of medicine and biological sciences at Brown University, and Sachin Santhakumar, a student in the Warren Alpert Medical School said, "Viewed in the abstract, the value inherent in the transparency offered by the OPP database is beyond dispute. However, viewed in the light of day, the true value of the OPP database remains uncertain and probably too early to ascertain."

The debut site was incomplete in four main aspects- with only five months of data, incomplete vetting, de-identified payments, and limited context. The true potential of the site for journalists, policymakers, health administrators, doctors, patients, and medical educators remains hindered by its incompleteness.
Advertisement

Improvements are underway. But, problems with the rollout of OPP may take time to fully fix. Dr. Adashi said "This is a bad start, but we need to give it a chance." The US Department of Health and Human Services released new tools to ease navigation of the site. In June 2015, the database will add year-round data instead of the present five months data.

Source: Medindia
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
News Category
What's New on Medindia
Insulin Resistance Doubles the Risk of Major Depressive Disorder
Emotional Healing
Psychosis Risk Related to Cat Parasite
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.


Recommended Reading
Federal Government Website HealthCare.com can Handle Twice as Many Consumers Since Last Year
The federal government website was full of glitches and debacles when enrollment begun on 1st ......
Number of Websites Rapidly Grow As Records Cross One Billion Mark
The real time online tracker Internet Live Stats has recorded that the total number of websites has ...
Website on Medical Education Launched By MSD In India
A medical education website, Univadis, has been set up in India by MSD Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd, the ...
Homes Converted into Take-Away Restaurants Via Danish Website
Private homes are being turned into take-away restaurants by a Danish website, which is letting ......

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2021

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use