Vitals Names 8th Annual Patients’ Choice Award Winners

Top Rated Doctors Have More Experience and Don’t Keep Patients Waiting

LYNDHURST, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The people have spoken. Today, Vitals announced the winners of its 8th
annual Vitals Patients’ Choice award, a recognition of top rated doctors.

Winners are chosen based on millions of reviews and ratings collected in
the calendar year from patients. Vitals applied algorithms on top of its
robust database to determine the list of physicians eligible for the
award season. Annually, only 5 percent of doctors nationwide are named a
Vitals Patients’ Choice winner.

After the results were tallied, Vitals compared the data collected on
award-winning physicians to all doctors in its comprehensive provider
database and found the winners had an average of 28 reviews, while the
average doctor nationwide only has eight reviews. Vitals currently
counts over 6 million doctor ratings and reviews in its database, the
largest collection of doctor information of that kind online.

Analysis also revealed that Vitals Patients’ Choice winners also have
two-years more experience than other physicians and see their patients
sooner. Nationally, the average wait time is 19 minutes, 16 seconds.
Vitals Patients’ Choice doctors see their patients almost 4 minutes
sooner, with average wait times of 15 minutes, 29 seconds, on average
(roughly 20% sooner).

“Everyone wants a knowledgeable doctor. And in today’s busy world,
people want a doctor that values their time and doesn’t keep them
waiting. Vitals Patients’ Choice identifies the physicians who patients
value for many reasons,” said Mitch Rothschild, Founder and Executive
Chairman for Vitals. “We believe these awards are useful in helping
consumers search for and select the best qualified doctor.”

School Matters

Domestically, the medical schools producing the most Vitals Patients’
Choice winners hailed from the Midwest, perhaps lending credence to the
region’s claim on charm and friendliness. The University of
Illinois–Chicago, Indiana University, Ohio State University and Wayne
State, along with the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, made
up the top five U.S. schools.

Top American Universities

1   University of Illinois – Chicago
2   Indiana University
3   Ohio State University
4   Wayne State
5   Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
6   New York University
7   Drexel
8   University of Texas at Houston
9   Louisiana State University at New Orleans
10   University of Texas Southwestern

About 20 percent of the doctors who received the Vitals Patients’ Choice
award were schooled overseas. India, the Philippines and Pakistan
produced the most foreign-schooled winners.

Top 10 Foreign Countries

1   India
2   Philippines
3   Pakistan
4   Canada
5   Syria
6   Dominican Republic
7   Egypt
8   Mexico
9   Italy
10   Lebanon

Gender Gap

Further survey of the data revealed a gender gap this award season.
While 33 percent of the physicians in Vitals’ provider database are
female, only 25 percent of the awards went to women.

About Vitals

Vitals empowers everyone to shop like an expert for their health care.
We bring together cost and quality transparency along with innovative
consumer engagement programs to help people select high-quality,
lower-cost care. Vitals leads the market with incentive and engagement
programs that pay people to shop. Our solutions achieve measurable and
sustainable savings for consumers, employers and health plans. Through
health plans, employer clients and our award-winning consumer websites,
Vitals helps more than 120 million people each year access better, more
affordable care.

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Rosie Mattio, 917-583-6349