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Health news service goes mobile, increasing availability of information

Feb. 8, 2012, 10 a.m., Posted by Elizabeth R. Miller

As economic troubles continue, close to half of people surveyed say they are scrimping on health care, according to the Consumer Reports National Research Center. Good information is key to making choices about where to save.

In order to increase the availability of that information, the Center for Advancing Health is taking its news service mobile.

With $150,000 in support from Knight Foundation, the center’s Health Behavior News Service will digitize its news for mobile access and revamp its website.

The health news service creates news stories on the latest findings from peer-reviewed research journals and disseminates them worldwide to subscribed journalists.

Its goal is to present emerging health sciences evidence for audiences to use to make informed choices about health and health care.

Although other resources provide health information, the Health Behavior News Service does not include the advertising or product promotion that some say promotes bias.

By digitizing content and making it easily accessible, it will enable the center “to tailor and target dissemination of the information it produces to provide the right health information at the right time to help people make informed decisions,” said Jessie Gruman, the center’s president.  

Based in Washington, D.C., Center for Advancing Health conducts research, communicates its findings and advocates for policies that support the ability of people to benefit from advances in health sciences.