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