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April 16, 2008 > Online Health Education Now Available on Washington Hospital Web Site

Online Health Education Now Available on Washington Hospital Web Site

Visit www.whhs.com and click on "Krames Online" for Reliable Health Information

Washington Hospital has recently unveiled a new resource on its web site (www.whhs.com) that is intended to help educate the community about medical conditions and medications. Krames Online is a free online health resource tool that offers more than 4,000 topics related to health and medication. If you would like to find more information about a health condition or learn about a specific medication, this easy to use online health library can help you and your family find the answers to most health questions, both big and small.

"This new tool is designed to help educate people so that they are better informed about their health," says Katie Choy, RN, MS, CNS, Washington Hospital's Nursing Director of Patient and Staff Education. "Krames Online provides reliable health information that has been reviewed by clinical experts and all the information comes from trustworthy sources."

Clear and Easy to Understand Content
The extensive electronic library of evidence-based information covers diseases and conditions on specific topics such as cardiology, pain management, senior health and vascular disease. The online library also describes diagnoses and treatments, surgeries and procedures, and wellness and safety for people of all ages and walks of life.

Most information health sheets are in English and Spanish and the content is developed at sixth to eighth grade reading levels to help ensure that people understand what they are reading. Medical illustrations are also regularly used to help familiarize the information to the reader. You can also easily print health page material or email specific pages to a friend.

How Do I Search the Library?
You can search the Krames Online library in a variety of ways. For instance, if you want to learn more about diabetes, you can type the word "diabetes" into the Search Box or browse the library by alphabet by clicking on the letter D to see a list of conditions beginning with that letter. You can also search for drug reference answers to your medication questions. The Krames Online Medication Library has detailed information on more than 33,000 prescriptions, over-the-counter products and nutraceuticals (foods that provide medical or health benefits). An advanced search option is also available so that you can search health terms using an exact phrase or keyword.

"By making health information easily available on the internet, we are encouraging people to take a more active role in their health care which can help them become better informed and more health literate," adds Choy. "Using a tool like Krames Online is more efficient than performing a random search on the internet because this resource has been created by clinical specialists in their respective fields."

Health Information You Can Trust
A network of more than 3,000 nurses, physicians, therapists, nutritionists and other experts serve as consultants, content specialists and peer reviewers for Krames Online. These experts ensure consistency with practice standards and factual accuracy. Content on the website follows the practice guidelines of several respected healthcare societies and associations from organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, American Cancer Society and many others.

Where Do I Find Krames Online?
1. Visit www.whhs.com
2. Go to the "The Community" tab and then scroll down and select "Krames Online (Patient Education Resource)" from the drop-down menu.
3. Search by medical topic or medication in the "Search Krames On-Demand" box and print out a Healthsheet.

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