The 11th annual National Health Information Awards Program proved to be a big boost for the medical education Web site VirtualProstate.com, a site developed by Rockpointe Corporation that serves as a resource for doctors to learn more about prostate diseases and treatments. The site earned the "Gold" award for medical communications. According to the company s PR person, "This awards program, the most comprehensive of its kind, recognizes the best consumer health information materials and programs from organizations throughout the nation." VirtualProstate is in good company: only eight sites received Gold-level recognition this year, including those of the Mayo Clinic, the National Cancer Institute, Medscape, and the Iowa Clinic.
It does sound like it deserves the award, with information about prostate cancer, prostatic hyperplasia, and prostatitis that has been vetted by health professionals at George Washington University Medical Center; animations of the full virtual prostate, symptoms of other prostate conditions, and the development of prostate cancer; pre-developed PowerPoint slides that medical professionals may download for free and manipulate by adding and changing information on their own; and, CME activities by which a physician may earn CME credits for using the site.
With nearly 20,000 user sessions in three months of operation, it sounds like the site is a hit with more than just the awards committee.