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CA state medical board launches license alert app

The Medical Board of California launched the first mobile application aimed at updating health-care consumers on physicians and the status of their licenses so that patients can make informed decisions about their care.

Medical Board representatives announced July 26 that they were “taking one step forward” in their “Check Up on Your Doctor’s License” campaign, which launched in 2016. The campaign is designed to educate those who are being medically treated on the statewide agency and the coalition of physicians, surgeons and other professionals licensed through it.

Previously, health-care consumers could only inquire about the status of a physician’s license by calling or emailing the board or using its website to search. Now, those interested have the information at their fingertips if they use an Apple device.

“The board released a powerful new mobile app that empowers California health-care consumers to make informed decisions about their doctors,” a representative said in an emailed statement. “Users (can) follow up to 16 doctors and create fully customizable lists.”

Through the app, consumers enroll in a subscribed service via the Medical Board of California to receive an email alert each time a California doctor’s license is affected. The emails, titled “Medical Board Notification of Actions Relating to the License or Practice of Physicians and Surgeons,” will give the name, date and location of any doctor whose license is revoked, surrendered or suspended.

For instructions on downloading the app, visit mbc.ca.gov/About_Us/iOS.

 

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