RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – February 1, 2011 – Quintiles’ ClinicalResearch.com and MediGuard.org websites have been honored by the prestigious Web Health Awards for empowering patients to make better informed health decisions.
ClinicalResearch.com received a Silver Web Health Award in the website category for companies of 500 employees or more. Additionally, the Quintiles-founded MediGuard.org (formerly iGuard.org) received a Merit Award in the same category.
The Web Health Awards recognize high-quality electronic health information. The program is organized by the Health Information Resource Center (HIRC), a national clearinghouse for professionals in consumer health fields.
“One of the fundamental principles of today’s New Health landscape is the movement toward greater patient empowerment,” explained David Coman, Quintiles Senior Vice President, Corporate Communication and Patient Recruitment. “Patients need greater access to information to affect their health outcomes. ClinicalResearch.com improves patients’ understanding, awareness and participation in clinical research as it relates to their own health decisions.”
Dr. Hugo Stephenson, President of MediGuard.org adds, “The growth in MediGuard.org’s membership is proof of patients’ appetite for information about the medications they take. We now have approximately two and a half million members in just three years of operation. MediGuard.org is making a difference in patients’ lives through screening for drug-drug and drug-disease interactions.” MediGuard.org serves as a cost-free medication monitoring service providing email alerts and safety information about medications.
Patients Seek Help Online
ClinicalResearch.com and MediGuard.org were developed under the premise that a growing number of people around the globe are seeking medical information and advice online. A recent Accenture survey confirmed that premise noting that 68 percent of consumers seek some sort of medical advice through the internet and social media.
The same survey found that an overwhelming 92 percent of patients who go online for answers look to resources other than pharmaceutical company websites.
Quintiles designed ClinicalResearch.com to be a vibrant, dynamic site regularly refreshed with new, original content ranging from informational videos on the history of clinical research to patient and investigator testimonials. ClinicalResearch.com is comprehensive, pulling from registries to include the most complete list of trials around the globe, not simply those being conducted by Quintiles. An easy-to-use search tool enables site visitors to locate relevant studies with only a postal code and condition of interest.
MediGuard.org is a free and secure source of information for registered users who want to get informed, stay informed and share feedback about their medications. It has received critical support from patient advocacy groups concerned by the large number of patients affected by serious, preventable adverse drug interactions. It offers balanced and timely information to help patients manage their healthcare for themselves or loved ones.
Quintiles is the only fully integrated bio pharmaceutical services company offering clinical, commercial, consulting and capital solutions worldwide. The Quintiles network of more than 20,000 engaged professionals in 60 countries works with an unwavering commitment to patients, safety and ethics. Quintiles helps bio pharmaceutical companies navigate risk and seize opportunities in an environment where change is constant. For more information, please visit www.quintiles.com.