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Resounding Health Unites Balkanized US Government Health Information
Date:6/13/2010

Doctors at Resounding Health combine disease and treatment information from dozens of government sites to help patients learn about and manage their medical conditions

Boston, MA (PRWeb) June 13, 2010 -- During National Health IT week (June 14-18), most of the emphasis will be on electronic health records (EHR), insurance and billing systems which will have a delayed and only indirect effect on consumers' health and perceptions of healthcare reform. The Obama administration is spending tens of billions of dollars on health information technology (HIT) yet it is nearly impossible for consumers to locate and use government health information because it is scattered across dozens of uncoordinated web sites produced by different agencies. Furthermore none of these sites are well aligned with the top health issues of interest to consumers that have been identified in surveys by Susannah Fox of the Pew Internet and American Life Project. Reaching a major milestone, Resounding Health™ has now united government consumer health information into a single medical knowledge base that can be customized to meet individual consumers' needs for personalized and participatory medicine.

Tara Parker-Pope of the New York Times told NBC Today Show host Matt Lauer in 2008 there are many great health information sites but "the thing about a 'dot-gov' at the end of your web site is that you know it is credible information, so I really think that patients ought to start there. Look for the 'dot-gov'...." This is much easier said than done. Agencies like the Food and Drug Administration (FDA.gov), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.gov), the National Institutes of Health (NIH.gov) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA.gov) each publish their own consumer health information that is disconnected from similar, often repetitive and sometimes inconsistent information published b
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