Nevada Medical Board Considers Adding Doctor Information Online

RENO (AP) - Under fire after a regional health scare, the Nevada Board of Medical Examiners is reconsidering a plan to add more information about doctors' records on its Web site.

Board Executive Director Drennan "Tony" Clark acknowledges the
issue of putting more data on the site has been revived after the
hepatitis C outbreak at the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada.
The board is expected to take up the issue in June.

In 2004, the board pledged to revamp its Web site to do a better job of informing the public about doctors.

But in 2005, the board removed malpractice settlement and judgment information from doctors' online records and voted against other recommendations for improving the site.

Clark says the board now plans to reconsider the reforms it rejected three years ago.

Gov. Gibbons has asked for Clark and three doctors serving on the board to resign following the hepatitis outbreak.

Six patients at the Las Vegas center were found to be infected with hepatitis C. Another 40,000 people at risk for potentially fatal blood-borne diseases are being notified to get tested.