Revolution Health has launched RevolutionHealth.com, a comprehensive health and medical information site. Simultaneously, the company announced the acquisition of TLContact, the provider of CarePages, an internet service for building online communities that support communication among family and friends when someone is receiving care.
RevolutionHealth.com is a free site that offers health information, treatment advice and over 125 online tools. The site has been in preview mode for three months and is now ready for launch.
“There is a lot of great health information and tools on the internet, but nobody has assembled them in a way that is compelling and useful for consumers who want to take more control of their family’s health,” said Steve Case, co-founder of AOL and chairman and CEO of Revolution Health. “We’ve scoured the landscape to find the very best health tools and content, and we’ve put them together all in one place – and made them all free. We will continue to work to build – in partnership with dozens of organizations and millions of people – the internet’s leading health site.”
Case said in a webcast that his other big goal in launching Revolution Health was to provide a “disruptive force” and “change agent” in healthcare that will help fix the current system in the U.S. which he views as “fundamentally broken.”
The healthcare industry also needs a trusted brand in healthcare which it now lacks, Case said, and he hopes that over time users will take advantage of these resources as a way of taking control of their health, not just on an occasional basis, but as an everyday practice.
The company has put to use the online “social networking” capabilities made popular by MySpace and applied it to healthcare, he added.
Specific site features include:
- Tools through which users can find content from three leading medical establishments – MayoClinic.com, Cleveland Clinic and Harvard Health Publications;
- Access to MayoClinic.com’s Symptom Checker so parents can quickly learn about what may be ailing their children;
- KnowYourRisk – an assessment test pioneered by BioSignia. The proprietary program can calculate a user’s risk of contracting one of the nine most common diseases – and can provide personalized information on actions to help reduce risk;
- A free online directory of doctors, specialists, and hospitals – complete with objective information about results and patient-provided “ratings”; and
- Provides users with the ability to create and customize their own health pages, including their top-rated articles, tools and resources, as well as photos and personal stories.
“Reliable and useful information about health is a precious commodity. RevolutionHealth.com can help consumers take greater control of their health,” said David A. Kessler, M.D., former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration; Kessler consulted with Revolution Health on the development of the site.
As for Revolution Health’s acquisition of CarePages, the company will continue to operate as a separate unit, but will be integrated with the RevolutionHealth.com offering in the months ahead. Simultaneously, RevolutionHealth.com’s best-of-the-web content will be gradually integrated on the CarePages site.