"We see Medzio as a next generation extension of the resources that people will access in order to better manage their health", stated Kevin Noland, president and chief executive officer of A.D.A.M. "As the iPhone has changed the way people use mobile devices, Medzio will change the way people will connect to health care services. By integrating world-class consumer health information, resources and the power to connect and collaborate with others, Medzio becomes the vital hub that allows mobile consumers to regularly engage in their personal health management and connect and collaborate with others."
The Medzio Mobile Health Network inaugural partners include LIVESTRONG.COM, Healthcare Blue Book, HelloHealth, Health 2.0, OrganizedWisdom, Norton Healthcare, HealthiNation, and DrGreene.com. These companies have teamed up with A.D.A.M. to provide the information, tools, resources and services needed to create a new health care experience for consumers.
"Health 2.0 is defined by exploring how technology can be used to help people find health information, manage their health, and organize with other stakeholders to improve the health care experience", stated Matthew Holt, founder, Health 2.0. "The iPhone and other mobile devices like it present the ideal platform to realize this mandate. With Medzio, A.D.A.M. continues its remarkable and rapid move onto this platform as a way to connect consumers with health information, medical resources and expert advice."
Initial Medzio features include:
- First Aid Information - Users can quickly find help when faced with sudden medical events e.g., injuries, sunburn, insect bite, etc., by connecting to A.D.A.M.'s physician-reviewed consumer health information. Answers are provided in easy-to-understand articles and consumers can connect from that information to relevant health care resources.
- Interactive Health Information - Users curious about illnesses, symptoms and medical conditions can search the large health care library for a specific health topic, browse from a comprehensive list of related topics or search interactively with the A.D.A.M. Symptom Navigator.
- Local Care Access - Users seeking care can search for local medical facilities and health care providers, including hospitals, urgent care facilities, retail clinics, and other resources such as pharmacies.
- Mobile Health Network - Medzio Network Partners provide access to health care pricing information, specialized medical information and advice, on-line health communities, and local health care providers, at no cost to the consumer.