Patients Rising Launches Online Support Community for Healthcare Consumers Facing Access to Care Challenges

Washington D.C. / Sun Valley ID, — With the launch of the CancerConnect online community, Patients Rising now offers a specialized social network for all patients facing access to care challenges where they can share information, provide support, and build community with others. The Patients Rising CancerConnect Community is now available at http://www.community.patientsrising.org and features the national Access to Care support group.

The launch of the Patients Rising CancerConnect Community is part of OMNI Health Media and Patients Rising online and print publication partnership announced earlier this year. OMNI Health Media is a leading multimedia publisher of health-related information, produced specifically for cancer patients. Patients Rising is a new patient advocacy organization formed to fight for patient access to vital therapies. Providing healthcare consumers an online support community where they can find support, resources, and connect with others is a vital component to improving access to care.

“The new Access to Care group on CancerConnect will allow patients to express their concerns and problems with access to care issues so that community members can help each other effectively resolve them. Patients Rising and the Patient Advocate Foundation will co-moderate the group and provide resources to support patients with access to care issues” explains Charles Weaver, MD, a medical oncologist and Executive Editor of CancerConnect and Women Magazine.  “We are pleased that leading advocacy groups like Patients Rising continue to select CancerConnect as the preferred social media application for use on their websites for their audience.  Other advocacy groups using the CancerConnect social media application include the Myeloproliferative Neoplasm Research Foundation, the Lynne Cohen Foundation, and the IBD Support Foundation. The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition will launch their CancerConnect community later this month.

About OMNI Health Media: OMNI Health Media (http://omnihealthmedia.com) is a leading specialty publisher providing 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 for a variety of disease areas, including cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, gastroenterology, and women’s health. OMNI supplies educational content and programming to Advocacy Groups like the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition and the Myeloproliferative Neoplasm Research Foundation and over 2,200 physicians for use on cancer center and clinic websites, including CancerConnect.com, the leading social media application in oncology, which is used by Dana Farber, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Roswell Park and other leading cancer centers and clinics. Overall OMNI’s award-winning content programs reach over one million seekers of cancer information in English, Japanese, and Spanish each month. For more information contact chweaver@omnihealthmedia.com

About Patients Rising: Patients Rising (http://www.patientsrising.org) was formed by experienced patient advocates Terry Wilcox, former Executive Director of Vital Options International, and Jonathan Wilcox, a veteran of national government affairs, public policy development and a university professor. Through interviews, blogs and panel discussions with experts, patients and advocates, Patients Rising will provide critical support for medical innovation to meet the growing needs of patients blocked by barriers to new, life-changing diagnostics and therapeutics. The organization will focus on ensuring that the patient voice is heard, access to new therapies is paramount, and the pipeline of progress is streamlined.