Patients with Gastrointestinal Conditions Benefit from New Social Media Platform

Patients with Gastrointestinal Conditions Benefit from New Social Media Platform


Fort Worth TX/Sun Valley ID– OMNI Health Media announces the launch of the TheGIConnection, an online support community providing information, inspiration, and support for individuals with conditions affecting the gastrointestinal (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 provide 24/7 support for their patients, create community, and extend their brand.

TheGIConnection was created to facilitate access to news, information, education, and support for patients with Barrett’s Esophagus, Crohn’s Disease, ulcerative colitis, peptic ulcers, inflammatory bowel syndrome, Celiac Disease, cancer, and other conditions affecting the GI tract.  TheGIConnection has already gained national attention in a recent review in Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News.

As patients increasingly use social media to connect with and support one another, as well as to share valuable information, the demand for trusted, secure online communities is growing, and OMNI Health Media is dedicated to meeting this need. Unlike other social media platforms, the TheGIConnection was created using OMNI-Connect social media software, which allows individuals to interact in a confidential, safe, and secure environment.

Meg Monday, director of social media at OMNI Health Media, says, “We are excited about the release of TheGIConnection to support patients, families, and caregivers. Families affected by chronic conditions require resources that speak to their unique interests and needs, and TheGIConnection will play a valuable role in providing these resources.”

Members using TheGIConnection can participate in more than 20 disease-specific communities created for patients and caregivers with similar interests and needs. Beyond information related directly to specific GI conditions, these groups include caregiving, health and wellness, clinical trials, insurance, nutrition, and survivorship, all of which provide valuable support and education. Together, these elements of the TheGIConnection platform offer an online destination populated with rich content to support the many ongoing needs of patients and caregivers.

TheGIConnection was created by Klaus Mergener, MD and Charles H. Weaver, MD utilizing OMNI-Connect social media software that allows for the creation of private social media communities. OMNI-Connect is also used by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, The Ohio State James Cancer Institute, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and other leading providers of cancer care. OMNI has also developed theRAConnection, a similar community for those diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.

About OMNI Health Media: OMNI Health Media is a leading specialty developer of websites and Internet applications in healthcare with a focus on cancer, rheumatology, gastroenterology, and women’s health. Established in 1996, OMNI develops and distributes multi-media health education content and programming, has developed over 350 websites and supplies educational content and programming (including to over 2,700 physicians for use on their clinic websites. OMNI’s award-wining content programs reach over 1 million seekers of cancer information in English, Japanese, and Spanish each month. Learn more at:

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 disease state. 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.

The CancerConnect application is available as a fully functional private-label social network for people with cancer and their caregivers. 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 care giving, health and wellness, and nutrition all exist to provide support for anyone affected by a diagnosis of cancer. CancerConnect is used by leading cancer care providers including Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, The Ohio State James Cancer Institute, and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Learn more about how CancerConnect is making a difference in this recent blog by Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.