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Med Help International (a non-profit organization) Bringing people together with the best medical organizations and experts in the world, via the Internet ~ since 1994... www.medhelp.org 6300 No. Wickham Rd.* Suite 130, PMB# 188 * Melbourne, Florida 32940

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Med Help International

(a non-profit organization)

Bringing people together with

the best medical organizations and experts

in the world, via the Internet ~ since 1994...

www.medhelp.org

6300 No. Wickham Rd.* Suite 130, PMB# 188 * Melbourne, Florida 32940

Telephone: 321-259-7505 * Email: [email protected]

mission statement
Mission Statement

Med Help International is dedicated to leveling the playing field, by giving everyone with an Internet connection, access to leading medical experts and information.

Our continuous flow of state-of-the-art information and support will:

  • Give sick people access to the best medical experts and organizations, in order to help them make informed treatment decisions, within the short time lines dictated by their illness or disease.
  • Give people in rural areas, access to the highest quality medical information & support.
  • Empower people to make healthier lifestyle choices by offering them high quality medical information and support.
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Cynthia G. Thompson, Co-Founder & President

Philip T. Garfinkel, Co-Founder & Vice~President

Ronald T. Fogel, M.D., Director & Chairman, Medical Advisory Board

(Department Chairman, Gastroenterology, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, MI)

William R. Gombeski, Jr., Director

(Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, Yale~New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT )

Althea G. Thomas, Director

(Research Scientist, Pediatric Brain Tumors, Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH)

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OUR ACHIEVEMENTS

  • In late 1994, Med Help International pioneered the field of consumer health information on the Internet, offering the very first searchable, consumer-health library on the World Wide Web. 
  • Med Help is one of the most trusted and honored sources for consumer health information, since the inception of the World Wide Web.
  • Since our Ask the Expert Forums began in 1997, medical professionals working with Med Help Int’l. have answered more than 34,000 questions for people all over the world.
  • Med Help’s website comes up at or near the top of most major search engines. This drives millions of new people to our website each year. 
  • Med Help International’s website now welcomes more than 700,000 unique visitors every month. Visitors who rely on us to give them the best medical information and support.
  • Med Help International is proud to be one of only 70 organizations (worldwide) licensed to distribute the National Cancer Institute’s CancerNet database.
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An Electronic Journal of the

Med Help International Recognized by the U.S. Department of State

For Their Work In Consumer Health Information and Support

“Med Help International: Where There\'s a Doctor on the Web”

The full article can be viewed on the US Department of State’s website:

http://usinfo.state.gov/journals/itgic/1100/ijge/gj05.htm

Med Help is proud to be the only medical website referenced on the

US Dept. of State’s Global Issues website.

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Excerpt from Time Magazine

…”Before you decide to believe or, worse, forward an e-mail with serious health claims, do a little checking….Then go to reliable health sites, like…

www.medhelp.org(especially good for cardiology)….Otherwise, you might get caught in a web of confusion.”

Author: Christine Gorman, Health Editor, TIME Magazine

To view this article in it’s entirety online, go to: http://cgi.pathfinder.com/time/magazine/articles/0,3266,19130,00.html

February 8, 1999

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OUR MEDICAL PARTNER ~ The Cleveland Clinic Foundation

      • 3rd Overall in the Honor Roll of Best Hospitals in America
  • US News & World Report ~ “Best Hospitals in America—2002”
  • Neurology Forum ~ Opened March, 1997
          • # New Patients Since 1997# Page-views 2001
          • 531 new patients6,051,292 page-views
  • Heart Forum ~ Opened August, 1997
  • #1 Heart Center in America.
          • # New Patients Since 1997# Page-views 2001482 new patients6,229,331 page-views
  • Breast Cancer Forum ~ Opened March, 2001
  • Med Help partnered with the Cleveland Clinic’s Taussig Cancer Center to create a Breast Cancer Forum for patients & their families. In it’s first year the forum experienced 1300% growth.
          • # New Patients Since 3/01/01# Page-views 2001
          • 23 new patients322,127 page-views
  • Ovarian Cancer Forum ~ Fall, 2002
  • Med Help & the Taussig Cancer Center will once again partner to create an online OVARIAN CANCER FORUM for patients & their families.
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MED HELP\'S MEDICAL PARTNERS ~ THE BEST HOSPITALS IN AMERICA

National Jewish Medical & Research Center

*Ranked the #1 hospital in America for treatment of respiratory disorders

After the attacks on the World Trade Center in September of 2001, Med Help International contacted National Jewish Medical & Research Center in Denver, Colorado to ask for their help. Together, we created an online Respiratory Disorders Forum.

The first goal of this forum was to offer the NYC rescue workers a safe & reliable place to ask their questions about how to protect themselves against the toxic particles in the air at “ground zero”. We have worked closely with both the NYC Fire Department and the Manhattan Borough President’s Office, to insure that the rescue workers have the best information and equipment available to protect their respiratory health.

The Respiratory Disorders Forum is now open to the general public, where medical professionals from National Jewish Medical & Research Center answer new questions, daily.

* US News & World Report ~ annual “Best Hospitals in America” edition

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OTHER MED HELP MEDICAL FORUMS ("Ask the Experts" )

In addition to Breast Cancer, Heart, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Ovarian Cancer and Respiratory Disorders, which are detailed above, Med Help offers the following online forums for consumers.

Med Help strives to level the playing field by giving everyone with Internet access the ability to contact leading medical experts and world-class organizations, via the Med Help website.

CHILD BEHAVIORAL HEALTH: questions are answered by Dr. Kevin Kennedy of Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, a major teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School.

DERMATOLOGY: questions are answered by Dr. Alan Rockoff a board certified Dermatologist based in Brookline, MA, affiliated with Tufts University School of Medicine.

FAMILY PRACTICE: questions are answered by Dr. Dean Tomasello, a board certified family physician and associate clinical professor of Family and Community Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

MENTAL HEALTH: questions are answered by Roger L. Gould, M.D., a board certified psychiatrist, affiliated with U.C.L.A. Department of Psychiatry

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SEARCH ENGINE PLACEMENT

Med Help International is proud to appear as a top listing among most all major search engines.

www.google.com

Search phrases used appear in bold italics

Ask doctor about child behavior - Med Help comes up 1 & 2 out of 174,000 references

Diabetes & CABG - Med Help comes up 1 & 2 out of 8, 130 references

Ask doctor heart question - Med Help comes up 1 & 2 out of 422,000 references

Ask a doctor about hepatitis - Med Help comes up 1st out of 91,600 references

Hypothyroidism tests- Med Help comes up 2nd & 3rd out of 39,000 references

Mental Health question for doctor - Med Help comes up 1 & 2 out of 299,000 references

Neurology question for doctor - Med Help comes up 1 & 2 out of 29,100 references

Respiratory Disorders question - Med Help comes up 1 & 2 out of 81,300 references

Blurry vision after LASIK - Med Help comes up 3rd out of 2,330 references

Urology question for doctor - Med Help comes up 1st out of 13,900 references

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SEARCH ENGINE PLACEMENT

www.askjeeves.com

Search phrases used appear in bold italics

ask question about child behavior - Med Help comes up 1st

Ask doctor about a neurological disease - Med Help comes up 1st

Ask Cleveland Clinic Heart doctors a question - Med Help comes up 1through 5

Dermatology question for doctor - Med Help comes up 6th

www.altavista.com

Ask doctor breast cancer question - Med Help comes up 2 & 3 out of 11,537 references

Need mental health doctor to answer question - Med Help comes up 2 & 3 out of 9,964 references

Question about arrhythmia for heart doctor - Med Help comes up 1st out of 2,455 references

respiratory disorders forum - Med Help comes up 1st out of 52,231 references

www.yahoo.com

Ask the doctor about breast cancer - Med Help comes up 1st out of 76,000 references

Child Behavior Forum - Med Help comes up 1st out of 136,000 references

Dermatology forum - Med Help comes up 1st out of 25,900 references

neurology question for doctor - Med Help comes up 1st out of 12,600 references

ask doctor about epilepsy - Med Help comes up 4th out of 23,400 references

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SPONSORSHIP OF A FORUM

Your support of Med Help International will help insure that all who are in need,

have access to the BEST medical information & support available in the world!

  • Sponsorship of a forum gives your organization the greatest level of visibility among the millions of consumers who visit us each year. Med Help International offers a unique program for our Sponsors to insure that people are aware of the Sponsor’s dedication and contribution to quality health information & support. Sponsorship includes:
  • A banner with the sponsor’s logo & link to their website will be prominently placed in the forum. In addition, a brief description of the sponsor’s organization will appear next to the name & logo, along with Med Help Int’l.’s gratitude for the sponsor’s support.
  • Sponsors will be supporting a minimum of two answers per day, in the forum of their choice.
  • Med Help will place all of the Sponsor’s patient information or educational materials in our online library. Med Help Int’l. can place coupons for Sponsor’s products, prominently in the forum they sponsor, or work with the sponsor to create a unique program customized to the sponsor’s area of interest of expertise.
  • Med Help International can place information about a Sponsors Clinical Trials on the website, which will aid in recruiting qualified patients.
  • Sponsors receive up to 25 keywords. Each time a visitor requests information about the keywords selected, a link to the sponsor’s organization will appear on the Search Retrieval screen under the heading “Med Help Sponsors”.
  • Sponsors receive monthly statistical data pertaining to the forum they sponsor.
  • Most importantly, Sponsors will be helping millions of people gain access to the BEST medical information & support, when they need it most.
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SAMPLE ~ FORUM SPONSOR SCREEN

This forum is made possible by an unrestricted medical education grant from Aventis Pharmaceuticals ~ (the exclusive sponsor of this forum )

Please visit our sponsor to let them know you appreciate their support!

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SAMPLE SEARCH RETRIEVAL SCREEN

Keyword Search

Each time a visitor requests information about keywords you supply, your company’s name, link and any other appropriate information will appear prominently on the retrieval screen.

This gives your organization maximum visibility among our highly targeted audience.

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MED HELP’S TOP 25 TOPICS 2001

TOPIC TOTAL 2001

Gastroenterology11,209,503

Cardiology/Heart6,229,331

Neurology 6,051,292

Urology5,534,307

Drugs4,736,128

Mental Health4,707,866

Dermatology4,230,251

Cancer3,880,048

Pain (Chronic) 2,139,447

Hematology (Blood)2,041,061

Addiction1,805,499

Gynecology1,509,333

Obstetrics1,493,419

Endocrinology1,314,984

Orthopedics 1,109,512

Ophthalmology946,906

Surgery518,813

Diagnostic Tests449,565

Allergy431,548

Nutrition 365,810

STD\'s354,573

Fitness295,904

Pulmonary280,532

Dental233,358

Pediatrics184,370

Page-views

in order of popularity

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“2001 Unique Visitors” (Monthly)

Month # of Visitors

January, 2001 463,524

February, 2001 470,911

March, 2001 505,781

April, 2001 481,724

May, 2001 621,512

June, 2001 499,931

July, 2001 502,151

August, 2001 527,389

September, 2001 441,609

October, 2001 518,859

November, 2001 509,031

December, 2001 423,534

TOTAL 2001 5,965,956

During the first half of 2002,

Med Help

welcomed more than

4 million unique visitors!

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A FEW of OUR AWARDS

Med Help International subscribes to

(Health on the Net) Code of Ethics

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Demographics

Last Update: June, 2002

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