Table 1

Operators and ranking of websites

Physician Rating Sites

Operator/Sponsor

Traffic ranking#

Sites linking in


Global

Country specific


1 Vitals.com

Owned by MDx Medical, Inc with headquarters in Lyndhurst, NJ. Comprised of a team of dedicated experts in the fields of healthcare, marketing, and database management.

9,656

2,044*

381


2 RateMDs.com

Just average patients who happen to know how to make websites; not affiliated with any medical organizations.

27,042

8,952*

494


3 Vimo.com

Founded by Internet industry veterans from WebMD and Valicert; funded by Bessemer Venture Partners, Trinity Ventures, and Partech International.

104,825

32,695*

427


4 Drscore.com

Operated by the Medical Quality Enhancement Corp., founded by Steven R. Feldman, M.D., Ph.D.

132,510

45,120*

129


5 CheckMD.com

No information on owner or sponsor found

155,051

37,745*

92


6 Mydochub.com

No information on owner or sponsor found

444,885

394,003*

121


7 Doctortree.org

DoctorTree.org; Encino, CA

493,089

119,259*

95


8 Bookofdoctors.com

No information on owner or sponsor found

551,810

117,124*

61


9 Findadoc.com

Team of doctors and programmers who created FindaDoc to make the daunting and sometimes frustrating process of finding the best doctor as simple as possible

697,002

221,478*

157


10 Healthcarereviews.com

Owner and operator: Women's College Hospital

1,057,783

296,088*

58


11 Drscorecard.com

Built and operated by people that are free from ties to medical businesses, medical associations, hospitals, clinics, doctors, and even free from patient advocacy groups.

n.a.

n.a.

n.a.


12 Ratemymd.ca

No information on owner or sponsor found

2,267,175

82,274**

5


13 Imedo.de

imedo GmbH, Berlin

21,709

1,187***

999


14 Jameda.de

jameda GmbH, München; Tomorrow FOCUS AG and FOCUS Magazine Publisher

31,313

1,765***

410


15 Docinsider.de

Andingo Capital GmbH, Berlin; Funding by the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) and the German Ministry for Economy and Technology (BMWi)

63,992

3,311***

301


16 Esando.de

Comventure GmbH, Ludwigshafen

99,668

5,624***

162


17 Medführer.de

medführer Online-publisher, GmbH in cooperation with University of Trier

114,165

6,029***

267


18 Helpster.de

Helpster GmbH, Munich

169,818

10,225***

128


19 Topmedic.de

ArztData GmbH, Hamburg

1,423,039

94,349***

46


20 Die-arztempfehlung.com

Endverbraucher Ltd. & Co., Fürth

n.a.

n.a.

n.a.


21 Mein-guter-arzt.de

Mediaseed GmbH, Stuttgart

n.a.

n.a.

30


#Alexa Traffic Rank: The rank is calculated using a combination of average daily visitors to website and pageviews on this website over the past 3 months. Sites Linking In: The number of sites linking to specific website. Multiple links from the same site are only counted once. (http://www.alexa.com webcite; 01.07.2010)

* Country: USA/** Country: Canada/*** Country: Germany/n.a. = not available, GmbH = limited liability company

Reimann and Strech BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:332   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-10-332

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