CancerConnect Expands Web Chat with the Expert Series

For Immediate Release February 6, 2012

CancerConnect Expands Web Chat with the Expert Series

KETCHUM, ID – OMNI Health Media expands popular live Web chat series.

CancerConnect Web Chat with the Expert is an online patient education program that encourages interactive discussions with thought leaders in oncology to help empower patients to make informed treatment decisions and to encourage interaction and engagement within the CancerConnect community. During this 30 to 40 minute program, an expert offers a 10- to 15- minute presentation on a specific topic, after which he or she hosts a question and answer session live via streaming video. Audience members are able to submit questions ahead of time or live, during the presentation. The opportunity to engage directly with experts in the field of oncology during a live presentation is truly unique. Web Chat with the Expert episodes are available on demand for one year.

The Web Chat with the Expert series was launched in the fall of 2011 and has featured experts from Yale, Johns Hopkins, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering cancer centers on topics including complementary and integrative medicine and the role of recent advances in treatment decision making that impact personalized medicine. The Web Chat with the Expert series will continue this year with topics that include optimizing bone health, breast cancer, colorectal cancer, pancreatic cancer, lung cancer, and many others. Empowering patients through education and access to oncology experts is critical to optimizing the treatment decision-making process.

The CancerConnect Web Chat with the Expert series benefits thousands of patients and caregivers in their search for quality online information. The series is promoted through the CancerConnect community, which currently includes over 10,000 patients, and will be made available to branded CancerConnect communities, such as Vanderbilt, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Dana Farber, and many other leading cancer centers and private clinics. Archived episodes of Web Chat with the Expert are available on multiple channels for one year to optimize their reach.

CancerConnect Version 2.0
OMNI Health Media is proud to announce the launch of version 2.0 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, 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 10,000 members, CancerConnect has launched version 2.0 based on extensive member insight, client feedback, and user surveys.

In addition to continuing to host the successful Web Chat with the Expert series, CancerConnect version 2.0 has now added a variety of additional features and UI enhancements. Some major highlights of this release include: support for multimedia file types in the activity stream; posting options for pictures, PDFs, and videos within any community;  enhanced forum navigation, including search and a content-tagging “folksonomy”; integration with third-party platforms Facebook and Twitter; a streamlined login process; contextual help tooltips throughout the site; updated layouts with user-customizable fonts and sizes and simplified global site navigation; and much more.

About CancerConnect
CancerConnect 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 used by Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, and other leading centers. 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.

About OMNI Health Media
OMNI Health Media is a leading specialty publisher of health-related information with an emphasis on cancer and online applications and websites specifically for consumers. Established in 1996, OMNI develops and distributes multi-media health education content and programming, with an emphasis on cancer and women’s health. OMNI has developed over 200 websites and supplies educational content and programming to over 2700 physicians for use on cancer center and clinic websites, including  OMNI’s award-wining content programs reach over 1 million seekers of cancer information in English, Japanese, and Spanish each month.