SOURCE: CarePages

August 11, 2008 10:00 ET

CarePages Enhances Website to Help Ensure That 'No One Faces a Health Challenge Alone'

Listens and Responds to Members' Need to Seek, Give and Receive Emotional Support From Others Experiencing Similar Life-Changing Health Events

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - August 11, 2008) - CarePages, an online community of millions of people affected by life-changing health events, has redesigned its website to support its mission: To ensure that no one faces a health challenge alone.

CarePages.com now has even more opportunities for users to find others, express support and ask for help from the larger community. The newly designed site will further inspire and guide participants to give each other emotional support in a group setting, which CarePages' proprietary research suggests is an optimal environment for emotional healing.

"We are always listening to our members who told us they wanted our website to help them find others facing similar health challenges," says Dr. Sharon Langshur, a co-founder of CarePages with her husband, Eric. "Research is showing how much these connections contribute to good health and a sense of well-being."

The new CarePages.com now gives all members multiple ways to seek, give and receive emotional support. Recent studies in the American Journal of Cardiology, the Journal of Clinical Oncology and The Journal of the American College of Surgeons have demonstrated the benefits of empathy and social support (particularly from large social networks) during the healing process.

The site has real-time discussion forums focused on topics such as parenting, cancer, emotional health and spirituality. It also enables members to create profile information, which can be accessed by others in discussion forums to facilitate interactions. Studies show that 75 percent of online health searchers use the Internet to connect with those who have first-hand experience with their particular health challenge.

Personalized CarePages websites allow members to relate their stories, post photos and update friends and family instantly. The new site is reorganized to display more information about the patient and caregiver and allow them to explain what's happening in real-time. It also helps their friends and family better understand what to say and do, such as sending thoughtful gifts from the online gift shop.

Other Website enhancements include:

--  Streamlined login and registration
--  Opportunity for real-time status updates (CarePages managers are
    asked, "What are you doing right now?")
--  Message tags to indicate urgency
--  Linking of updates and messages to make reading easier
--  Improved search functionality
    

"CarePages.com now provides additional resources for people to communicate with and support one another," said Langshur. "Emotional support -- from family, friends and a caring community -- is especially important for people facing health challenges because they often feel cut off from their everyday lives. The new CarePages.com will help bring more people together to share their stories and concerns, their hopes and triumphs."

About CarePages

CarePages is an online community of millions of people coming together to share the challenges, hopes and triumphs of anyone facing a life-changing health event. Through personalized websites, members can relate their stories, post photos and update friends and family instantly. In turn, people who care send messages of love and encouragement. CarePages.com also offers a variety of resources and support tools for living a more compassionate life.

Private-labeled CarePages websites are also offered by over 700 U.S. and Canadian healthcare facilities. CarePages, Inc. is part of Revolution Health Group LLC, whose goal is to help consumers make informed choices and put them in control of their health decisions. CarePages has a simple, singular mission: to ensure that no one faces a health challenge alone. For more information, please visit www.carepages.com.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Peter Duckler
    (312) 649-0371
    HLB Communications, Inc.
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    Erin McDaniel
    (773) 327-7402
    CarePages, Inc.
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