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Publish Date: 07/07/00
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NetWellness Experts Answer 10,000th Question

Cincinnati--This month, NetWellness, the online health information resource answered the 10,000th question since its inception in 1995. NetWellness is a nonprofit consumer health web site that provides high quality information created and evaluated by medical and health professional faculty at the University of Cincinnati (UC), The Ohio State University, and Case Western Reserve University. Health care faculty from the three universities serve as "experts" in NetWellness's popular, interactive "Ask an Expert" service.

Roger Guard, assistant senior vice president, Academic Information Technology and Libraries at the UC Medical Center says, "NetWellness joined the web as a University of Cincinnati experiment in June 1995 with one health expert in pharmacy and medications." Since that time, more than two hundred experts in over 50 health topics answered 10,000 consumer questions in five years. "It is gratifying to be part of NetWellness' growth to Ohio's three Carnegie I Research Universities--UC, Ohio State, and Case Western Reserve University," says Guard, principal investigator of the original NetWellness grant and chair of the NetWellness editorial board.

Forbes Magazine reviewed NetWellness as one of only six health sites included in its Best of the Web issue last September. In June, 2000 called NetWellness reliable, citing "Ask an Expert" as the best feature of NetWellness.

According to Stephen Marine, NetWellness program director, "One reason for its popularity is that NetWellness experts respond to all legitimate questions, usually within two to three days." Answers are archived for other visitors to browse or search. NetWellness also links to nearly 1,000 fully evaluated web sites on virtually all health topics, including many serious illnesses. NetWellness was one of the first online health information web sites with an "Ask an Expert" service. During this past year, NetWellness answered over 4,000 questions from its visitors.

NetWellness is available to all Ohio citizens via the Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN). OPLIN provides high speed internet connectivity and information databases in many subjects to Ohio's 700 community libraries which house more than 6,000 computer workstations. NetWellness also partners with INFOhio, the Information Network for Ohio Schools, to develop resource tools and strategies for Ohio teachers to integrate NetWellness into classroom instruction.

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