BigPond partners with health information website

Telstra has partnered with an online medical site to give consumers easier access to health information.

Accessible from the BigPond home page, the Virtual Medical Centre has more than 22,000 pages of medical information and advice from specialists. Patients and medical professionals can become a member of the site for free, with professionals needing to supply their prescriber or provider number to certify their credentials.

Telstra media group managing director Justin Milne said thousands of web users had visited the site since it launched in December.

“An apple a day may keep the doctor away but by also visiting BigPond you can now find a wealth of easy to understand health and wellbeing information,” he said.

Mr Milne said the site gives visitors information on diseases, pharmaceuticals and practical remedies, as well as healthy living and diet tips.

It also gives users access to a GP directory, educational videos and a medical dictionary, as well as interactive tools including a BMI calculator, a pregnancy calculator and a blood count evaluation tool.

Medical specialists who join the site are given access to “professional members only” tools which allow them to evaluate a patients’ health, including tools to calculate how many migraines a patient may suffer a month, a durogesic dose calculator and a body surface access calculator.

There are also separate sections for women, men and children, which group together relevant medical topics such as pregnancy, immunisations and prostate health.

More than 1000 medical specialists have contributed to the site.

Virtual Medical Centre founder Dr Andrew Dean said linking his site to Telstra to form BigPond Health will give more people access to online medical information.

“So many Australians will now have access to this credible and quality-controlled health information,” he said.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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