Earlier this month, the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration made the National Practitioner Data Bank available for the public to view. The bank was closed to the public in September while federal officials put new restrictions in place for viewers.
The databank is available to download with certain regulations. Now, users of the NPDB must agree to not name any individual doctors before viewing the file. In addition, users are asked to agree to change, delete, or return any information to the data bank upon the government’s request.
Last year, the database was used by a team of journalists and investigators in Missouri to expose the state’s unsuccessful system of discipline for medical professionals.
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