Direct Access to Expert Physicians with University Hospitals Online Second Opinion Program
University Hospitals Online Second Opinion Program offers patients direct access to some of the nation’s leading expert physicians when making important decisions about their health. For patients who are faced with a new diagnosis or advanced treatment recommendation, consulting with our physicians may be the most important step they take to make the best health decision and get the medical care they need. The Online Second Opinion Program uses a secure website so patients do not need to leave the comfort and privacy of their homes to receive a second opinion.
Why a Second Opinion?
A second opinion not only can provide important medical information for patients, but can also offer invaluable peace of mind. Getting a second medical opinion can be crucial when dealing with serious medical conditions or new treatments. It can also help individuals who live in remote areas obtain expert second opinions in spite of distance or mobility. We believe medical second opinions can be life-saving tools to help patients:
- Confirm a medical diagnosis and treatment options
- Consider a different diagnosis
- Explore preventive measures
- Learn about the best treatment options
It is often in a patient’s best interest to seek a second opinion, especially when faced with a serious or complex diagnosis. It is every patient’s right to be as informed as possible about their health, diagnosis and treatment options.
University Hospitals provides second opinions for diagnoses in several areas of clinical care, including adult and pediatric care in the following subspecialties: ear, nose and throat (ENT), gastrointestinal, neurology, neurosurgery, sports medicine, urology, and heart and vascular medicine.
Working with the Patient’s Local Doctor
It is important that a patient’s local physician knows about a second opinion request. We work side-by-side with the patient’s local doctor when making a patient assessment. For patients outside Ohio, it is required that the local doctor complete a consultation form in order to pursue a second opinion with UH.
The University Hospitals Distinction
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center has once again been recognized as one of the nation's top hospitals, according to U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Hospitals rankings. UH Cleveland Medical Center was named among the country's Top 50 in several methodology-ranked specialties. The U.S. News Best Hospital rankings recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients. This recent data affirms UH Cleveland Medical Center’s national standing as a leader in clinical care. These results place UH in the top 1 percent of the nation's 5,000 hospitals eligible for ranking every year.
UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital is a 244-bed, full service children’s hospital and academic medical center. A trusted leader in pediatric health care for more than 125 years, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital consistently ranks among the top children’s hospitals in the nation. As the region’s premier resource for pediatric referrals, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital’s dedicated team of more than 1,300 pediatric specialists uses the most advanced treatments and latest innovations to deliver the complete range of pediatric specialty services for 700,000 patient encounters, annually.