CancerConnect Expands Social Media Platform with Version 3.0

For Immediate Release July 17, 2012
CancerConnect Expands Social Media Platform with Version 3.0

KETCHUM/SUN VALLEY, ID-OMNI Health Media launches CancerConnect version 3.0.

OMNI Health Media (OMNI) is proud to announce the launch of version 3.0 of our CancerConnect social network community for cancer patients and their caregivers. CancerConnect is the leading social media application in oncology and is used by Dana Farber, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Roswell Park, Ohio State James Cancer Hospital, Loyola, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and other leading cancer centers and clinics to power their social media strategy and provide a community for their cancer patients and caregivers.  Now with over 14,000 members, CancerConnect has launched version 3.0 based on extensive member insight, client feedback, and user surveys.

In addition to continuing to host the successful Web Chat with the Expertseries, CancerConnect version 3.0 has now added a variety of additional features and UI enhancements.  Improved search functionality, an enhanced daily digest, and several changes designed to improve users’ experiences and engagement have been integrated into the new version, along with:

  • A third party social network integration feature, which will allow new members to register and login using Facebook and Twitter;
  • Optimization of CancerConnect for smart phone and iPad use, giving the user a streamlined, app-style experience directly in the browser;
  • A “Reply-by-mail” feature that will allow members to fully participate in all site conversations via email if they wish.

Charles Weaver, MD and CEO of OMNI Health Media says, “these enhancements made to CancerConnect in version 3.0 underscore OMNI’s commitment to providing an safe secure on line environment for cancer patients to interact with and support each other.  Moreover, these new features serve to facilitate enrollment and engagement on client sites, further underscoring OMNI’s commitment to position its client cancer care providers as the preferred social media destination.”

About OMNI Health Media:

OMNI Health Media is a leading specialty website developer and publisher of consumer health information. By incorporating content expertise with social media and Web-based programming, OMNI is uniquely qualified to develop and distribute multi-media health education content and social media programming for a variety of health conditions.

Originally established in 1996 as a cancer patient education resource, OMNI has consistently expanded its platform by integrating technologic advances with its health information content, applications and services. OMNI has been recognized for producing award-winning, multi-media content that reaches over 1.5 million health information seekers in English, Japanese, and Spanish every month.  OMNI currently produces Web applications and health content in oncology, urology, rheumatology, and women’s health.

The mission of OMNI Health Media is to connect individuals with the most current, comprehensive health information and with others in similar situations. OMNI uses a variety of platforms including online, print, video, social media, and live interactive Web chats to connect and empower individuals to better manage their health conditions.

OMNI Health Media produces and manages Women magazine, CancerConnect.com, TheRAConnection.com, aWomansHealth.com and The Web Chat with the Expert interactive series featuring thought leaders from institutions such as Memorial Sloan-Kettering, Johns Hopkins, Yale, and other prominent health centers.

OMNI content and programming has been independently reviewed by multiple physician practices and hospitals, and endorsed by the National Patient Advocate Foundation and the Oncology Nursing Society. Furthermore, CancerConnect.com has been awarded the World Wide Web Health Awards’ Gold Award for patient education and information excellence. The Gold Award is the highest possible award bestowed on such sites.  CancerConnect.com was named one of the top 5 oncology websites by Oncology Net Guide. Perhaps the biggest vote of confidence for OMNI content and programming is the fact that it has been used by over 250 hospitals, clinics, and advocacy groups including The Dana Farber Cancer Institute, The Susan Komen Foundation, Memorial Sloan-Kettering, Roswell Park and leading physician practices and networks like The West Clinic, Texas Oncology, and other leading community practices from coast to coast. Currently, over 2,700 physicians use OMNI Health Media content programming on their websites.

CancerConnect About Us:

About CancerConnect: CancerConnect.com is the leading social network for cancer patients, their friends, and family. This unique online application was developed by OMNI Health Media and combines a robust information platform consisting of current comprehensive information on cancer with a social network. It is populated with rich content to support the many ongoing needs of individuals battling cancer and is comprised of communities of individuals with similar interests in the area of cancer.

The CancerConnect application is also available as a fully functional “private label” social network for people with cancer, their caregivers, and others who are interested in staying up-to-date about the set of diseases known as cancer. CancerConnect is currently used by Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center, the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, The Ohio State University-James Cancer Hospital and other leading centers and clinics. CancerConnect is licensed to hospitals and cancer clinics to enhance their websites, improve SEO, and allow cancer patients to be part of a social community without leaving the clinic. Disease-specific groups as well as groups focused on caregiving, health and wellness, and nutrition all exist to provide support for anyone affected by a diagnosis of cancer.

Contact chweaver@omnihealthmedia.com