Gastro Health of South Florida: First GI Clinic to Provide Patients with Virtual Support Community

June 2, 2015  

Gastro Health of South Florida: First GI Clinic to Provide Patients with Virtual Support Community

Fort Worth TX/Sun Valley ID —OMNI Health Media (OMNI) is pleased to announce the launch of the Gastro Health online support community for individuals with gastrointestinal (GI) conditions. The Gastro Health Connection community will provide patients, survivors, caregivers, and advocates much needed peer-to-peer support opportunities in a fully moderated online community. This community will be part of OMNI’s theGIConnection.com initiative.

Research shows that patients seek validation, information, and support via social media. Unlike other social media platforms, theGIConnection allows individuals to interact in a confidential, safe, and secure environment. Members of the Gastro Health Connection community can participate in disease-specific national groups that provide support and education. Support groups include: inflammatory bowel disease, hepatitis, Barrett’s esophagus, GI cancers, irritable bowel syndrome, caregiving, health and wellness, clinical trials, insurance, nutrition, and survivorship.

TheGIConnection is one of four disease-focused online community destinations developed and managed by OMNI; CancerConnect, theRAConnection, Kintalk, and theGIConnection provide support and inspiration to more than 300,000 patients each month. These OMNI Connect communities are also utilized by leading health providers throughout the United States, including Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Health Quest, The University of California, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, The Ohio State James Cancer Institute, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and other leading providers.

“People with GI conditions and their caregivers need ongoing access to support—not just during a brief office visit with their physician, but when they go home and do research. They need help during sleepless nights as well as busy days,” explains Charles Weaver, MD, a medical oncologist and CEO of OMNI Health Media. “We are pleased that leading care providers like Gastro Health continue to select the OMNI Connect application for patient and caregiver use on their website.”

Jim Leavitt, MD, gastroenterologist at Gastro Health says, "At Gastro Health, we are aware that our patients and their family members are often looking for one-on-one interactions with like-minded individuals who may have experienced similar medical challenges. And they like to stay connected in order to learn more about new developments related to their illness. Gastro Health is excited about partnering with OMNI Health Media in order to provide our patients with the Gastro Health Connections online community. This comprehensive and secure online resource will go a long way toward helping us engage with our patients so that, together, we can ehance the care, support, treatment, and outcomes of our patients and their loved ones.”

About Gastro Health: Our Mission at Gastro Health is to provide outstanding medical care and an exceptional healthcare experience. We are a gastroenterology medical group with office locations throughout South Florida. It is made up of the finest physicians and allied health professionals specializing in the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders, nutrition and digestive health. Currently, Gastro Health has over 60 providers to choose from and has its own infusion center, imaging center, specialty pharmacy, research center, and pathology laboratory.  Aside from quality services, Gastro Health offers compassionate care.  We created an online patient portal to open the lines of communication with our patients even after an office visit. Additionally, we conduct live Crohn’s and Colitis and hepatitis support groups in our community, free of charge. Let us know how we can be of service to you and those you love, contact us.

About theGIConnection: TheGIConnection is an online support community providing information, inspiration, and support for individuals with conditions affecting the GI tract. As part of the OMNI Connect platform, theGIConnection not only meets the needs of gastroenterology patients and caregivers but also provides clinics and hospitals with a safe and secure social media solution that allows them to increase referrals, improve patient retention and enhance patient engagement by providing 24/7 support and creating community for their patients while extending their brand.

TheGIConnection was created to facilitate access to news, information, education, and support for patients with GI cancers, acid reflux and Barrett’s esophagus, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, liver disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), celiac disease, and other conditions affecting the GI tract. TheGIConnection has already gained national attention in a recent review in Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News.

About OMNI Connect: OMNI Connect is the leading private-label social network used by physicians, hospitals, and clinics to create community and provide support for their patients. OMNI Connect can be used to create communities for any health condition. This unique online application was developed by OMNI Health Media and combines a robust information platform consisting of current, comprehensive information on health topics with a social network. It is populated with rich content to support the many ongoing needs of patients and is comprised of communities of individuals with similar interests.

About OMNI Health Media: OMNI Health Media is a leading specialty publisher, and developer of websites and Internet applications in healthcare with a focus on cancer, rheumatology, gastroenterology, and women’s health. OMNI develops and distributes award winning multi-media health education content and programming. OMNI has developed and provided content to over 350 websites used by 2,700 physicians. OMNI’s award-wining programs reach over 1.5 million seekers of health information in English, Japanese, and Spanish each month. OMNI Health Media currently publishes and manages Women magazine, CancerConnect.com, TheRAConnection.com, aWomensHealth.com, theGIConnection and The Web Chats with the Experts interactive series featuring thought leaders from institutions such as Memorial Sloan Kettering, Johns Hopkins, Yale, and other prominent health centers.

Contact chweaver@omnihealthmedia.com