MedHelp Touts Online Community
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MedHelp, an online health community connecting people and medical experts, said that it now provides more than four million people monthly with a way to research medical information, share experiences in more than 100 medical forums, and get questions answered daily by partnered doctors and specialists from 14 of America's leading medical institutions.
MedHelp enables consumers to seek health information and advice online as a complement to regular doctors' visits. The active community of millions of people consistently maintains their position among the top ten most-visited websites in the US in the health and medical information industry (Hitwise, June 2007). The health forums range in topic from allergies, cancer, child behavior, depression, diabetes, heart disease, infertility, nutrition, sexually transmitted diseases and urology.
MedHelp said that its momentum proves more and more people are going online to manage their health. Over the last two years, the number of people who have used the Internet to search for health-related information has increased from 53 percent in 2005 to 71 percent in 2007. This brings the number of all U.S. adults who have ever searched for health information online to 160 million, from 136 million in 2006 and 117 million in 2005 -- a 37 percent increase over two years (Harris Poll, July 31,). MedHelp provides a place for people to share stories and advice in an anonymous forum, if they choose.
"We're focused on providing our robust and active community with a comprehensive and helpful resource for patients to take control of their health concerns as well as providing a support system for those who seek health information and advice outside of the doctor's office," said MedHelp CEO, John de Souza. "As our partner network continues to expand, so does the wealth of expertise and information our members can tap into."
Below is a list of a few of the elite specialists currently working with MedHelp (a full list of affiliated doctors and specialists can be found at http://www.medhelp.org/physician_profiles.htm):
-- Annekathryn Goodman, M.D.
- The Ovarian Cancer Forum - Associate Professor OBGYN and Reproductive Biology Harvard Medical School.
-- H. Hunter Handsfield, M.D.
- Senior Research leader, Battelle Seattle Research Center - STD Forum, HIV Forum
-- David L. Keefe, M.D.
- Professor and Chairman of OBGYN of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery - USF College of Medicine
-- Ash Tewari, M.D.
- Associate Professor - Urology and Public Health Director Cornell Weill Medical School
-- David Tinkelman, M.D.
- Vice President National Jewish Medical and Research Center - Respiratory Disorder Forum
-- Pepper Schwartz, Ph.D.
- Clarence Shrag Professor of Sociology University of Washington - Sexuality & Relationships Forum
In addition to leading specialists, MedHelp noted that it is affiliated with many top-rated hospitals and medical centers, including (a full list of hospital affiliations can be found at http://www.medhelp.org/medical_partners.htm):
-- American Academy of Ophthalmologists - Eye Care Forum
-- National Jewish Medical & Research Center - Asthma & Allergy Forum - Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD) Forum - Respiratory Disorders Forum
-- Cleveland Clinic Foundation - Breast Cancer Forum - Heart Forum - Neurology & Neurosurgery Forum
-- Partners Healthcare - Ovarian Cancer Forum
-- Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation - Type I Diabetes Forum
-- Partners Healthcare (Brigham & Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital) - Gynecology Forum - Ovarian Cancer Forum - Pregnancy Forum
-- University of South Florida - Pregnancy Forum - Fertility Forum - Urogynecology Forum
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