Ochsner Launches Online Video Healthlinks

Added on Jan 14, 2008 | Filed Under:

Ochsner.org Offers Streaming Medical News

NEW ORLEANS, LA - Ochsner Health System has unveiled a series of online videocasts titled "Ochsner Healthlinks." Healthlinks are now available for viewing at www.ochsner.org/news, featuring the latest medical research and technology. In three-to-five minute, multi-media streaming videos, the videocasts are geared toward the increasingly Internet-savvy patient.

"We're entering an era where people have shorter attention spans and patients are actively searching the Internet for accurate medical information," explains Jack Gold, Director of Media Production Services for Ochsner.  "This multi-media format gives patients, in the form of a news segment, information that is approved by Ochsner physicians." Many videocasts also include patient stories in order to provide online viewers with the patient's perspective.

This month's videocasts are technology focused and include:

  • "64-slice CT Scanner" featuring Dr. John Reilly, Ochsner Cardiologist 
  • "IGRT Trilogy: Radiation Oncology" featuring Dr. Troy Scroggins, Radiation Oncologist
  • "daVinci Surgical Robotic System: Prostate Cancer" featuring Dr. Stephen Bardot, Urologic Oncologist 
  • "Women and Heart Disease" featuring Dr. Richard Milani, Preventive Cardiologist

Ochsner Health System is one of just a few hospitals in the State of Louisiana to offer online videocasts, and is part of a larger trend nationally by hospitals to provide medical information, including the Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic. The Internet is quickly becoming the preferred method to find accurate medical information.

Additionally, in an effort to educate the public on appropriate medical sites, the Ochsner Medical Library regularly offers free seminars to help consumer learn how to evaluate a medical site, successfully use Internet search tools, and evaluate the quality of information found. For more information, log on to www.ochsner.org.

Ochsner Health System (www.ochsner.org) is a non-profit, academic, multi-specialty, healthcare delivery system dedicated to patient care, research and education.  The system includes seven hospitals, a sub-acute facility, and 33 health centers located throughout Southeast Louisiana.  Ochsner employs over 600 physicians in 80 medical specialties and subspecialties and 450 clinical research trials annually.  Ochsner was ranked one of the "Best Places to Work" by New Orleans CityBusiness in 2005, 2006 and 2007 and received the Consumer Choice for Healthcare in New Orleans for 12 consecutive years.  Ochsner was ranked as "Best" Hospital by U.S. News and World Report in July 2007.  Ochsner has over 10,000 employees system-wide.

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