OnHealth Enhances Site With New and Innovative Interactive Tools
SEATTLE, Dec. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- OnHealth Network Company, an award-winning online health and wellness destination for consumers (www.onhealth.com) today announced the launch of several new interactive tools and features that will enable consumers to asses
OnHealth.com's new interactive Symptom Checker (http://onhealth.com/ch1/resource/symptomchecker/index.asp) puts the tools for assessing common ailments and where to turn for treatment right at consumers' fingertips. Developed for the Internet by OnHealth.com with content from Harvard Medical School's Family Health Guide (published by Simon & Schuster), the Symptom Checker takes users through a series of simple questions and answers, narrowing down possible causes of the symptoms and helping users determine how they may be able to care for themselves and when they need to contact a doctor. The Symptom Checker covers over 70 general, female, male and pediatric symptoms -- from anxiety and depression to numbness, swollen glands, back pain, bladder problems, breast lumps, constipation and fever.
``OnHealth.com maximizes the power of the Internet not only to educate our consumers with the latest information and resources, but to help them pro-actively tailor interactive health management regimens to their individual needs,'' said Mary Bruno, Senior Vice President, Publishing, at OnHealth Network Company.
Other recent additions to the site's many interactive features and customizable health guides include:
-- Find a Physician, Hospital or Health Plan -- Identify qualified physicians, hospitals and health plans in your local area that meet your family's special needs. HealthGrades.com provides the databases of doctors, who meet strict performance criteria; hospitals, ranked according to performance data; and health plans, ranked according to customer surveys and the Health Plan Employer Data and Information Set.
-- Quit For Good -- With this program developed by Fern Carness, RN, and WellMed, smokers can develop a comprehensive plan to kick the habit for
good. The plan is complete with conventional tactics, interactive tips and expert guidance using feedback and support from other OnHealth users in the program.
-- Personal Health Assessment -- A tool designed by WellMed that can be used to evaluate your individual health and offer specific actions to address risks and achieve a healthier lifestyle.
-- Health Info Tracker -- Set up a personalized news scanner based on your specific health interests. Health Info Tracker offers delivery of
relevant articles and information directly to your personal page on the site or to your email address.
-- Wellness Manager -- Build a personalized profile of health interests and establish shortcuts to personal programs, favorite columnists, discussions and your favorite Web sites. Save articles of interest from the site on your Wellness Manager page with the Save That Page feature.
-- Health Calculators -- Tools to find your target heart rate, level of muscular endurance and flexibility, assess your sleep deprivation and others that measure your state of health.
About OnHealth Network Company
Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, OnHealth Network Company is a leading Internet health information and services resource that empowers consumers with integrated solutions to effectively manage their health and well-being. In association with leading medical institutions, OnHealth's seasoned health journalists and medical contributors offer unbiased and trusted health resources via reference guides, up-to-date news feeds, deep research, personalization and interactive tools. OnHealth.com is the second largest health content site on the Web with over 1.4 million unique users according to October 1999 Media Metrix. The award-winning site was recently named ``Best Health & Medicine Web Site'' by US News & World Report and won three gold medals including ``The Best Consumer Healthcare Portal Site'' at the November 1999 eHealthcare World Awards. Over 500 different sites drive traffic to OnHealth.com through various strategic alliances including AOL's Digital City, Inc., About.com, Better Homes and Gardens, Snap.com, Weather.com, and Yahoo!. OnHealth also attracts leading advertisers from Glaxo Wellcome, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Procter & Gamble and SmithKline Beecham to American Express, AIG Insurance, Fidelity Investments, Ford, Kellogg's and Neiman Marcus, among others.
CONTACT: Alyssa Schaier, 212-297-6165, or Alyssas@onhealth.com, or Gary Ball, Investor Relations, 206-652-0308, or Garyb@onhealth.com, both of OnHealth Network Company.