hospital-record-image-200px.gifPlenty of startups these days want to help you find and compare doctors online, but there’s a problem: Each one independently compiles its own basic information on physicians, leading to a welter of inconsistent data.

Now a consortium of nine health-related companies, many of them part of the “Health 2.0” movement, have a solution — an open data standard they call dCard (for “doctor card”) intended to serve as a Web-wide template for physician information. We have the scoop over at VentureBeat Life Sciences.