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WebMD Health Corporation ( ) is an Americanmarker provider of health information services. It is primarily known for its public Internet site, which has information regarding health and health care, including a symptom checklist, pharmacy information, blogs of physicians with specific topics and a place to store personal medical information. The site was reported to have received over 17.1 million average monthly unique visitors in Q1 2007 and is the leading health portal in the United States. The site receives information from accredited individuals and is reviewed by a medical review board consisting of four physicians to ensure accuracy.

WebMD also offers services to physicians and private clients. For example, they publish WebMD the Magazine, a patient-directed publication distributed bimonthly to 85 percent of physician waiting rooms. Medscape is a professional portal for physicians with 30 medical specialty areas and over 30 physician discussion boards.

The organization is financed by third-party contributions and sponsorships.

WebMD operates other health-related sites besides WebMD including MedicineNet, Medscape, RxList, eMedicine and eMedicineHealth. These sites provide similar services to those of WebMD. MedicineNet is an online media publishing company. Medscape offers up-to-date information for physicians and other healthcare professionals. RxList offers detailed information about pharmaceutical information on generic and name-brand drugs. eMedicineHealth is a consumer site offering similar information to that of Web.MD. It was first based on the site created for physicians and healthcare professionals called eMedicine.com.

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References

  1. "More turn to Internet for medical advice," WWAY News Channel 3, September 7, 2007
  2. "WebMD Has Tremendous Growth Ahead," Seeking Alpha,September 04, 2007
  3. comScore Media Metrix
  4. "WebMD Corporation Launches Print Magazine," The Write News, April 22, 2005
  5. Some of the sponsors have influence over the content on Web.MD. "Web sites for medical information," News and Observer, September 13, 2007
  6. About Us - Health and Medical Information Produced by Doctors - MedicineNet.com
  7. Medscape - About Us
  8. RxList - The Internet Drug Index for prescription drugs and medications
  9. About Us - Overview - eMedicineHealth - Consumer First Aid and Health Information


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