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University of Iowa News Release

June 25, 2003

(Photo: Michael D'Alessandro, M.D., UI associate professor of radiology and director of the Virtual Hospital)

UI Virtual Hospital Honored With MD NetGuide Award

In May, the University of Iowa's Virtual Hospital was honored with a "Nettie" award for Best Overall Site by MD NetGuide in its annual Awards for Excellence on the Medical Internet competition.

This award category is intended to honor the "cream of the crop" of the medical Internet -- those sites that consistently provide the most timely, well-researched, useful and well-presented information and services, according to MD NetGuide.

The Virtual Hospital -- online at -- topped finalists MSNBC, Virtual Body, Johns Hopkins, RxCentric and QuackWatch to win the award.

"This award further validates our focus on providing the highest quality medical information from University of Iowa faculty to health care providers and patients for the purpose of improving patients' care, outcomes and lives," said Michael D'Alessandro, M.D., UI associate professor of radiology and director of the Virtual Hospital.

First published on the World Wide Web in 1993, the Virtual Hospital was intended to provide a convenient way for UI faculty to teach medical students, residents and practicing physicians. Since its initial publication, the Virtual Hospital has expanded to include educational information for patients and families.

The mission of the site is "to make the Internet a useful medical reference and health promotion tool for health care providers and patients."

For more than five years, MD NetGuide has been awarding "Netties" in order to recognize those sites that provide a fast, reliable, easy and intuitive connection to Internet information on advances in medicine and health care. For more information about MD NetGuide, visit online at

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5137 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 5224-1178

CONTACTS: (media) Becky Soglin, 319 335-6660 Writer: Tiffany Bronk

PHOTO: Photo of Dr. Michael D'Alessandro can be downloaded at