OMNI Health Media Launches Online Community for Rheumatoid Arthritis

OMNI Health Media Launches Online Community for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Ketchum/Sun Valley, Idaho July 11, 2012—OMNI Health Media, a specialty publisher of health information, websites, and applications specifically for consumers, including CancerConnect, the leading social media application in oncology and used by Dana Farber, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Roswell Park and other leading cancer centers and clinics, announces the launch of The RAConnection, a new online community for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients and caregivers.

The RAConnection combines valuable information about diagnosis, treatment, healthy living, support resources, and breaking news, along with a social community created to provide patients and caregivers the opportunity to connect with others affected by RA.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) affects an estimated 1.3 million adults in the United States. The good news is that important advances have been made in the management of RA—use of more effective drugs earlier in the course of RA reduces symptoms and joint damage, and allows some patients to achieve a remission (little or no active disease).

The course of RA over a lifetime varies across individuals and is also influenced by treatment. Some people may experience a single episode that resolves within a few months or years; others may experience fluctuating symptoms (periods of few symptoms followed by periods of worse symptoms or “flares”), and still others may have symptoms that get progressively worse. Although there is no cure for RA, early detection and effective treatment can substantially reduce pain and disability for many patients.

Charles Weaver, MD, CEO of OMNI Health Media says, “We’re pleased to offer RA patients the same opportunity for connection, community, and content that we currently offer cancer patients and their loved ones. The RAConnection will provide valuable resources and education for those living with RA.”

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 which 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, aWomensHealth.com 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.

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 with 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.

Contact chweaver@omnihealthmedia.com