U.S.News & World Report announced today that USNews.com and ClinicaHealth have launched a series of online health and wellness communities at the U.S. News website (www.usnews.com/community) entitled U.S. News “Health Community.”These new health and wellness communities, offered in 31 topic areas, enable USNews.com visitors to connect in a safe and secure environment with fellow patients and caregivers living with a particular disease or condition. The communities allow visitors to benefit from advice and insights of others, post questions, and create online journals. In addition, members can access content already created by the U.S. News editorial staff. Membership is free, but requires registration.
The health communities complement the wealth of medical information now available at USNews.com on more than 70 disease and conditions. That information is provided by renowned institutions such as The Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins Medicine, the Joslin Diabetes Center, the Mayo Clinic, MD Anderson Cancer Center, National Jewish Medical and Research Center, and Stanford University Hospital and Clinic.“ClinicaHealth is excited to be working with U.S. News to connect people living with health issues with others who are going through similar experiences,” said David Greene, president of ClinicaHealth. “We believe that the information and emotional support that patients and family members can get from one another in the context of an online social network is a powerful complement to the expert editorial information that U.S. News provides so well.”
“U.S. News‘s collaboration with ClinicaHealth provides consumers with the added support that comes from interaction within communities of shared concerns,” said Brian Kelly, editor of U.S.News & World Report. “It underscores U.S. News‘s commitment to being the most comprehensive source available for vital health care information, whenever it’s needed.” USNews.com’s health section now includes the following additional components, all offered free of charge to consumers:
- Comprehensive Disease & Conditions Center
The Center currently features more than 70 comprehensive guides for various diseases and conditions. Each guide includes an overview of the condition and in-depth information on the causes, risk factors, symptoms, tests, treatments and more. The Center focuses on such topics as Allergy & Asthma, Bones, Joints & Muscles, Brain & Behavior, Cancer, Diabetes, Digestive Disorders, Eye & Vision, Heart, Infectious Diseases, Pain, Respiratory Disorders, Sexual & Reproductive Health, and Sleep.
- Hospital Directory
In collaboration with the American Hospital Association, USNews.com offers a free online directory of more than 6,000 American hospitals. The directory’s advanced search capabilities allow consumers to find hospitals that match criteria important to them, including location, specialization, and services offered.
- America’s Best Hospitals Rankings
America’s Best Hospitals is widely considered the most authoritative hospital guide, screening over 5,189 hospitals and medical centers around the country. The guide ranks 176 hospitals and medical centers in 16 specialties: cancer; digestive disorders; ear, nose, and throat; endocrinology; gynecology; heart and heart surgery; kidney disease; neurology and neurosurgery; ophthalmology; orthopedics; pediatrics; psychiatry; rehabilitation; respiratory disorders; rheumatology; and urology.
- Therapist Finder
Powered by Psychology Today, the newly developed “Therapist Finder” allows users to find licensed mental health professionals in their area. Users can search for therapists by specialty area, name, and location.
- America’s Best Health Plans
Together with the National Committee for Quality Assurance, USNews.com offers detailed information about the clinical performance, customer satisfaction, and accreditation status for more than 500 health plans, as well as information on the more than 150 additional plans that chose not to report data.
- Enhanced Search Capabilities
USNews.com visitors looking for health information can now find advanced search results through a new search tool powered by Healthline. Healthline’s search tool indexes U.S. News content using its medical taxonomy and indexing algorithms, making health search more relevant, and provides additional links to content from top medical publishers.
- Health News
USNews.com also offers the latest in health care news, provided by U.S. News‘s own health care experts. The news augments the health care coverage that is regularly featured in the pages of U.S.News & World Report.About U.S.News & World ReportFounded in 1933, the weekly national news magazine U.S.News & World Report is devoted to reporting and to analyzing national and international affairs, politics, business, health, science, technology and social trends. Through its annual editions of America’s Best Colleges, America’s Best Graduate Schools, America’s Best Hospitals, America’s Best Health Plans, and America’s Best Leaders, as well as its News You Can Use® brand, U.S. News has earned a reputation as the leading provider of service news and information that improves the quality of life of its readers. The U.S. News website (www.usnews.com) extends that brand promise and delivers the best, most accurate information online, organized in an easily accessible way.About ClinicaHealthClinicaHealth builds high-quality online social networks dedicated to health and wellness in conjunction with leading media, health association, and health care partners. These communities provide supportive environments for thousands of patients and their caregivers to discuss issues and experiences around issues of health and wellness with one another. ClinicaHealth partners with health focused organizations such as the National Organization of Rare Disorders (NORD), Lung Cancer Alliance, WomenHeart, ALS Association and Preemie Magazine. For more information, please go to www.clinicahealth.com.