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HealthCentral Amasses Top Three Online Health Audience; Study Reveals More Consumers Turned to Internet for Health Info Than Their Physician Last Year
Date:1/6/2009

ARLINGTON, Va., Jan. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- HealthCentral (www.HealthCentral.com), the leading collection of online condition-specific consumer health and wellness experiences, today announced that it was identified as one of the top three online consumer health companies, according to the latest consumer health market research and advisory service from Manhattan Research. HealthCentral also announced that its content delivery model resulted in a 75 percent year-over-year increase in usage across its condition-specific health sites.

"This study underscores that the patient-empowered interactive health market will continue to grow at a rapid pace in 2009 and beyond," said Christopher M. Schroeder, CEO of HealthCentral. "With our unique audience-knowledge model, HealthCentral focuses on a keen understanding of consumers' online needs and desires to access information on their terms. This new study places HealthCentral in a top market spot and reinforces the growing need for a qualified-scale online health site that connects highly engaged audiences with premium content and product."

HealthCentral Engages Most Active Online Health Consumers

The Manhattan Research Cybercitizen Health(TM) v8.0 study confirms that HealthCentral has aggregated an active community of online health information seekers. Overall, the study indicates that HealthCentral visitors were the most likely to request a prescription drug from their physician, as compared to other sites such as the WebMD and EverydayHealth networks. HealthCentral attributes this level of engagement to its rich, issue-specific content and engaged audience with 91 percent of HealthCentral visitors citing a chronic condition and 85 percent searching for pharmaceutical information online in the past 12 months. User interaction has grown steadily over the past year with HealthCentral's Atte
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