InteliHealth is a joint venture of Aetna U.S. Healthcare and Johns Hopkins University and Health System, with participation by a large number of health care organizations and agencies. The site is extremely rich in content and is easily navigated. The major areas include drug search, which provides detailed information about medications; condition center, a resource about specific illnesses; healthy living, women’s health and men’s health; and topical news. Additional features are a medical dictionary, an e-mail system for asking medical questions, a physician locator, a hospital locator, and links to many other sites. It is easy to get into a section, often from several entry points, and easy to go back or move to another section. Content is a mixture of locally developed and contributed material and links to other sites, and is extremely accurate, up-to-date, and easily readable without being “dumbed-down.” There is also an on-line catalog of health related products; this carries the caveat that neither Johns Hopkins nor any other information provider endorses these products. The site focuses on the provision of information and although there is limited use made of graphics, overall design is good. There are only a few interactive areas. Although organization is good, there were some strange features, such as being referred to different resources if a drug was called up by its brand name or its generic name. The major criticism is that many times the site’s server seemed to bog down and data transfer was painfully slow. Despite this, InteliHealth is an excellent place for one-stop shopping for disease and health care related information.
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Biological And Life Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Embryology, Histology, Pharmacology, Aging, Body Systems And Senses, Chronic Conditions, Consumer Health, Death And Dying, Disease, Environmental Health, Human Sexuality, Mental/emotional Health, Nutrition, Safety, Smoking, Substance Abuse Prevention