CONTACT: RITA LIDDELL
2130 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: Feb. 8, 2000
AmericasDoctor.com forms online partnership with UI
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- AmericasDoctor.com -- the
nation's only Internet-based, 24-hour/seven-day-a-week, real-time, free-to-consumer
physician chat, health information, and resource system -- announced an agreement
to make University of Iowa Health Care its new online partner. UI Health Care
will be the exclusive sponsor of AmericasDoctor.com for an area that covers
almost all of Iowa and parts of western Illinois.
UI Health Care joins a growing list of prestigious
medical centers and health care systems throughout North America such as Duke
University Health System, Henry Ford Health System, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation,
Yale-New Haven Hospital, University of Chicago Hospitals, Mount Sinai Hospital
and Ohio State University Medical Center.
Benefits of the new partnership include access for
consumers to UI Health Care through national and international online lectures
and live events with UI faculty physicians on the AmericasDoctor.com Web site,
as well as other programs, services and events. A dedicated hospital information
page on AmericasDoctor.com offers users the opportunity to move back and forth
via reciprocal links.
Visitors to the UI Health Care Web site (www.uihealthcare.com)
also will be able to link directly into the AmericasDoctor.com site, where
they will have access to an extensive medical library, health-specific resources
and information, a medical news service that offers current research and developments
on health topics, and the opportunity to register for clinical trials. Consumers
can also access AmericasDoctor.com's one-of-a-kind "Ask-the-Doc" feature,
which allows free, 24-hour/7-day-a-week real-time dialog with board-certified
or board-eligible physicians.
To access UI Health Care's dedicated page on the AmericasDoctor.com
site, go to www.AmericasDoctor.com, and click "Hospital Connection" on their
main navigation bar. Or, visit the UI Health Care Web site at www.uihealthcare.com.
"The partnership established with AmericasDoctor.com
is part of University of Iowa Health Care's overall initiative to increase
access to vital services and resources, and to offer the latest in
health care technology," said Michael Kienzle, M.D., professor
of internal medicine and associate dean for clinical affairs and biomedical
communications. "We hope that this valuable resource offers not only up-to-date
health care information, but also peace of mind to all those we serve."
UI Health Care's partnership with AmericasDoctor.com
is part of an increasing trend in health care toward enhancing consumer services
through the Internet. According to recent statistics compiled by Cyber Dialogue,
a New York firm that tracks Internet commerce, there are approximately 22
million World Wide Web users seeking health information over the Internet.
Cyber Dialogue projects that number to increase to 33 million over the next
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership
between the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the
patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.