The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute to Launch CancerConnect Online Community

The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute to Launch CancerConnect Online Community

AUSTIN TX/SUN VALLEY, Idaho, December 4, 2012 — OMNI Health Media has developed a social media platform for The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute in Columbus, Ohio.

With the launch of The James CancerConnect online community, Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute leads the market in offering a specialized community and educational resource for all those affected by cancer. CancerConnect is the leading online destination for patients and caregivers seeking information and support in the wake of a cancer diagnosis, with over 15,000 members having actively engaged in the platform, Cancer Connect is the leading social media community for patient and their caregivers.

“People with cancer 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 Cancer Care Providers like The Ohio State James Cancer Center continue to select Cancer Connect as the preferred social media application for use on their websites for their patients and caregivers. Ohio State joins Memorial Sloan Kettering, Dana Farber, Roswell Park and other leading Cancer Centers in utilizing the Cancer Connect application to provide a safe and secure environment where patients share information, provide support, and validate their experience. ”

Members of The James CancerConnect will have access to disease-specific discussion groups as well as groups focused on caregiving, wellness and nutrition, among other topics. Cancer patients, survivors, caregivers and advocates can participate in more than sixty (60) disease-specific national communities or participate in discussions with only members of The James network. Members can learn from leading cancer experts, ask questions, share experiences and connect with others who share their issues in a secure, confidential environment.

The James CancerConnect community can be found at http://CancerConnect.com/thejames.

About CancerConnect:

CancerConnect.com 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 currently used by Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Loyola University Medical Center, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and other leading centers and clinics. 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.

About OMNI Health Media:

OMNI Health Media (OMNI) 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 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

About The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute:

The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute strives to create a cancer-free world by integrating scientific research with excellence in education and patient-centered care, a strategy that leads to better methods of prevention, detection and treatment. Ohio State is one of only 41 National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers and one of only seven centers funded by the NCI to conduct both phase I and phase II clinical trials. The NCI recently rated Ohio State’s cancer program as “exceptional,” the highest rating given by NCI survey teams. As the cancer program’s 228-bed adult patient-care component, The James is a “Top Hospital” as named by the Leapfrog Group and one of the top cancer hospitals in the nation as ranked by U.S.News & World Report.