In an report published in today's Journal of the American Medical Association -- "Health Information on the Internet: Accessibility, Quality, and Readability in English and Spanish" -- the University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center's Internet information resource, OncoLink (http://www.oncolink.upenn.edu) scored among the highest of the 25 sites reviewed. The site was rated "statistically better than average" particularly for breast cancer information, and was stated as offering "more than 80 percent of the minimum information needed."

OncoLink Editor-In-Chief, James Metz, MD, was quoted in today's New York Times as saying:

"Our content is totally written by physicians, nurses and social workers in their field of expertise. Very few sites do that. Too many sites are just trying to sell something and it is scary how they can make a bad site look good."

Research for the report was conducted by the RAND Corporation and funded by the California HealthCare Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program. It can be found on-line at:

http://jama.ama.assn.org/issues/v285n20/rfull/joc02274.html#aainfo

OncoLink was founded in 1994 by Penn cancer specialists who wanted to help cancer patients, families, healthcare professional and the general public get accurate, timely cancer-related information -- quickly and at no charge. Through it, you can get information about specific types of cancer, news about research advances and updates on cancer treatment.

OncoLink has been recognized as one of the leading health resources on the Web, reaching over almost 9 million hits per month. It has been cited in several regional and national publications, television and radio programs, and online articles and has received numerous awards including the coveted Global Information Infrastructure Award in 1998.

 

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The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top five medical schools in the United States for the past 20 years, according to U.S. News & World Report's survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation's top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $392 million awarded in the 2016 fiscal year.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System's patient care facilities include: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center -- which are recognized as one of the nation's top "Honor Roll" hospitals by U.S. News & World Report -- Chester County Hospital; Lancaster General Health; Penn Wissahickon Hospice; and Pennsylvania Hospital -- the nation's first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional affiliated inpatient care facilities and services throughout the Philadelphia region include Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a partnership between Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and Penn Medicine.

Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2016, Penn Medicine provided $393 million to benefit our community.

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